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Newschannel 9 in El Paso, Texas, reported Wednesday that Northern Arizona University's Lisa Campos, vice president for intercollegiate athletics, is one of three finalists to replace Bob Stull as the athletics director at University of Texas-El Paso.

Details in the report included UTEP's plan to begin the interview process on Monday, with the new hire expected to be announced by the end of the month.

UTEP declined to comment on the report of the three finalists, with the university's public information officer Elizabeth Ashby saying school officials said:

“We do not plan to announce the athletic director finalists, and will only announce when the new athletic director is named.”

A request for further comment to Campos was not returned. When asked about the potential interest in the UTEP position during an interview a week ago, Campos told the Arizona Daily Sun the following:

"You know the news, they just want to stir up conversation. Obviously we love NAU, we love working for President (Rita) Cheng. We are so focused right now on this season -- whether it’s football or cross country or volleyball, that’s definitely where my focus is right now. Obviously there’s some connections to UTEP, but my complete focus is on NAU right now. We have so much to do, there’s a lot to do here at NAU."

Campos' record at NAU includes 32 conference titles as well as last season's NCAA Division I men's cross country title, the first-ever national championship for the school. She was hired away from her position as senior associate athletic director at UTEP on March 30, 2012.

During her tenure at Northern Arizona, Campos has hired volleyball coach Ken Murphy, men's tennis coach Ki Kroll, women's tennis coach Maciej Bogusz, director of cross country and track and field Michael Smith, and most recently women's basketball coach Loree Payne to replace her initial hire of Sue Darling.

Campos is also in the midst of a search with the Parker Executive Search firm for Jerome Souers' replacement as the school's football coach, after announcing on Sept. 11 this year would be his last with the school.

Campos holds a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from UTEP. She graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s of science degree in Business Administration and a master’s of science degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education.


Sports Reporter

Cody Bashore serves as the beat writer for Northern Arizona University basketball and football in addition to covering high school sports around Flagstaff for the Arizona Daily Sun.

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