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Western Illinois trims search for new A.D. to three candidates


(WGEM) -- As the start to the 2013 fall sports season gets closer so too does Western Illinois University in it's search for a new athletic director.

On Wednesday evening, school officials announced the final three candidates for the job, who will be interviewed this coming week on campus.

The candidates are as follows:

China Jude is the Assistant Vice President and Athletics Director at Queens College in New York, a position she has held since 2011.

Jude also worked in similar roles at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, and the University of the District of Columbia, along with being a former volleyball coach.

Ken Ralph is another candidate, and is currently the Director of Athletics at Colorado College, and has been there since 2007.

Previously he held the same position at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and was the Director of Swimming and Aquatics for the U.S. Air Force and Georgetown University.

The third candidate is James (Tommy) Bell, who has served as the Director of Intercollegiate athletics at Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne since July of 2007.

Bell has also worked as the Associate Director for Institutional Advancement at SIU Carbondale Department of Athletics from 2001-2007.

WGEM Sports will continue to follow this story up to date as the process continues in Macomb.

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