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Drury hires athletics director

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Drury University made an out-of-state hire for its soon-to-be-vacant vice president and director of athletics role.

Corey Bray was selected to succeed Mark Fisher, who announced this summer plans to retire at the end of the 2018-19 academic year after working at Drury since 2015 and previously serving as director of athletics for Springfield Public Schools since 2003. Bray is scheduled to start March 18, 2019, coming from his position as associate athletics director for compliance at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, according to a news release.

Bray was chosen after a national search and beginning in March will work alongside Fisher to transition into the role at Drury.

“Corey stood out from a pool of finalists who were all excellent candidates,” Drury President Tim Cloyd said in the release. “Not only is he a proven competitor who has a strong desire to win, but he brings deep and varied experience in intercollegiate athletics to the role.

“I am confident that Corey understands the contemporary issues in college athletics today, and I know he will be committed to winning on a number of levels: winning in athletic competition, winning with the student-athletic experience and winning in the classroom.”

At UAB, Bray oversees some budgets, compliance and specific athletic programs as a member of the athletic department’s senior leadership team. Prior to joining the Alabama school in 2011, he worked as assistant athletics director for administration at Eastern Kentucky University for six years, and he previously served in various roles, including associate director of research, for the NCAA.

“I am a believer in the Division II philosophy of ‘Life in the Balance.’ Division II emphasizes both athletics and academics – they’re not mutually exclusive,” Bray said in the release. “I love the focus on graduating and getting a degree. At the same time, I love the focus on competition, sportsmanship and the game environment in Division II. Drury athletics truly embodies that philosophy, and the teams have a winning tradition regionally, nationally and within their conference.”


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