UNK hosting forums for athletic director finalist Amy Foster

Amy Foster
Amy Foster

KEARNEY – Amy Foster, one of four finalists for the University of Nebraska at Kearney athletic director position, will be on campus Tuesday (March 5) to meet with the public and members of the UNK community.

A campus and media forum is scheduled for 3-4 p.m. in Copeland Hall Room 131, followed by a public forum from 6-7 p.m. in the Nebraskan Student Union Antelope Room.

Foster is associate athletic director for business and operations and senior woman administrator at Seattle Pacific University (Division II), where she has worked since December 2005. She served as assistant director of conference services and Camp Casey, a conference center owned and operated by the university, before transitioning to her current position in September 2010.

Foster has experience in budget planning and management, fundraising, community relations, human resource management, marketing, branding, sponsorships, licensing and facilities management. She has direct oversight of athletic training, intramurals, internal operations and marketing, and assists with leadership and management of an athletic department that includes 28 full-time and 15 part-time employees.

Foster initiated a five-year plan to balance the athletic department’s $3 million annual operating budget using university and fundraising dollars, and she oversees the licensing program, sponsorship and game contracts and athletics fundraising events. Seattle Pacific has completed capital improvement projects on its weight and cardio rooms and outdoor track facility during her tenure.

Foster is also responsible for human resource management, including most searches and the onboarding process for new hires.

A member of the NCAA Division II Management Council and Women Leaders in College Sports, she developed a free tutoring program for Seattle Pacific student-athletes, as well as workshops focusing on topics such as sexual assault, drug and alcohol abuse and NCAA rules.

Foster holds a Bachelor of Arts in physical and special education and Master of Business Administration with a human resources emphasis from Seattle Pacific University.