UTEP names Jim Senter as the new Director of Athletics

Rene Delgadillo, Multimedia Editor

Jim Senter has been named UTEP’s new Director of Athletics.

“I would like to thank Dr. Natalicio for this opportunity,” Senter said.  “I look forward to building upon the work that Coach Stull and the administration have accomplished.  There are numerous factors that you need to ensure success in athletics, and Bob has put many of them in place during his time as the AD.  I cannot wait to get to campus, acclimate to the city of El Paso and invest in the community.  I am a big believer that ‘every person makes a difference’ and we will work tirelessly to engage the community to be a difference maker for UTEP Athletics.”

Since 2014, Senter had served as the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at The Citadel, The Military College, of South Carolina. During that time the growth of scholarship endowment increased by nearly $6 million.

The Bulldogs football attendance grew by more than 3,000 spectators per game and the team led the Southern Conference in attendance under Senter.

Senter will be introduced on Monday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. in the Larry K Durham Center during a press conference.

“We’re delighted to welcome Jim Senter to the UTEP family,” Natalicio said.  “He brings to El Paso extensive leadership experience in athletics administration and fundraising, most recently at The Citadel, where for the past three years, student-athletes have achieved excellence both on the playing field and in the classroom, and successful fundraising has enhanced the college athletics experience for them and their fans.  His previous experience at the University of Idaho, San Diego State University and the University of Colorado gives him a rich set of perspectives on the complexities of intercollegiate athletics in the 21st century.  I thank Bob Stull for his nearly 20 years of dedicated efforts to strengthen the foundation for a sustainable athletics program at UTEP, and I thank the search committee for working diligently to find the best candidate to usher in a new era of UTEP Athletics.  We’re excited about UTEP Athletics’ future under Jim Senter’s direction.”