ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno will officially introduce Brian Wickstrom as the new Athletic Director at the University of Louisiana at Monroe during a special press conference at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 2.

"After much consideration, I have selected Brian Wickstrom as the university's new athletic director," Bruno said. "Brian has relevant experience and possesses a strong record of effective fundraising. Throughout the interview process, he was able to convey a vision for our athletic program that is consistent with what I envision for ULM. His enthusiasm and personality are contagious, which will allow him to connect with all of our constituents."

Wickstromhas worked as the Director of Athletics for the University of California-Riverside since July, 2011. He has served in various roles in athletics departments across the country since 1998. In 1991, he earned a bachelor of science in business administration/finance before receiving his master's in business administration/management in 1992, both from Kansas State University. He earned a master's in sports administration from Ohio University in 1999 and his doctorate of education/educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University in 2006.

Bruno expressed his appreciation to the ULM athletic director search committee. "The search committee worked very diligently to provide me with three outstanding candidates from which to choose."

ULM search committee members were guided by search counsel CarrSports Consulting LLC. CarrSports served as a resource to the committee, conducting analyses of ULM Athletics to create the best possible criteria for finding the next Athletic Director.