UTEP President Diana Natalicio named Jim Senter as the new Director of Athletics on Wednesday. Senter will replace Bob Stull who announced his retirement in August.
“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…”
Senter has served as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina since 2014. The Bulldogs field 16 NCAA Division I sports (nine men’s, seven women’s). Since taking the reins of The Citadel program, Senter has hired head coaches in football, men’s basketball, baseball, soccer and volleyball.
Senter spent seven years at the University of Colorado where he eventually became the Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Operations.
Before Colorado, he was the Associate Athletic Director fo Development/Senior Associate AD for External Sales at San Diego State University for a year and a half.
Senter began his career in collegiate athletics at the University of Idaho where he served as assistant head football coach and recruiting coordinator. He eventually moved into an administrative role where he was responsible for helping to raise money for a $1 million athletic facility expansion.
Senter earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Tulsa in 1985, and obtained his master’s degree in recreation from Idaho in 1992 while serving on the football coaching staff.
He is married and has four children.
Senter will be formally introduced as the Director of Athletics on Monday.