Augustana Announces Finalists for Director of Athletics

Augustana University announces 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees

Four finalists have been selected for the Director of Athletics position at Augustana University and will participate in on-campus interviews the week of March 26-30.

The finalists include Josh Morton, an assistant athletics director for Michigan State University; Steve Schofield, deputy director of athletics, external operations, for the University of Northern Iowa; Nikki Fennern, athletic director for Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota; and Travis Whipple, deputy director of athletics for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi University.

  • At Michigan State, Josh Morton works with alumni in Michigan and metropolitan areas of the western U.S. to build financial support for MSU athletics, capital projects, endowments and programmatic gifts. Prior to MSU, he served as an associate athletics director for the University of North Dakota where he was the liaison between the University and the architectural firm behind the UND High Performance Center. Before beginning his career in college athletics, he was a television sports anchor in Charleston, South Carolina. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota.

  • At the University of Northern Iowa, Steve Schofield oversees marketing and branding, ticket management and communications, as well as partnerships and events for UNI athletics. He also supervises coaches and staff and manages student athletic groups with a focus on student engagement. Prior to UNI, he worked in NCAA Division I compliance at Florida State University, the University of Maryland and the University of Minnesota. He holds a bachelor's degree from UNI and a master's degree in higher and postsecondary education from Arizona State University.

  • At Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Dr. Nikki Fennern oversees the administration of 21 varsity teams, works with the University’s Development Office to build fundraising support for athletics and works with coaches and staff on student-athlete recruiting and enrollment management. Most recently, she oversaw the construction of a $2.8 million track and field/soccer complex. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, a master’s degree in athletic administration from South Dakota State University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Saint Mary's University.

  • At Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Travis Whipple leads fundraising efforts, guides the department’s external relations staff and activities and has sport oversight for men’s basketball, volleyball and tennis. Previously, he served as the assistant athletic director for external operations at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he was responsible for major gifts, event management and marketing. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Winona State University and a master’s degree in educational leadership and sports management, also from Winona State University.

Augustana University is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Learn more about Augustana Athletics at