The University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) named Padraic McMeel associate vice chancellor and director of athletics.


McMeel, deputy athletics director at Oakland University at Rochester, Michigan, has also worked at NCAA Division I schools — Kennesaw State University, Missouri State University and the University of Central Florida, according to a news release.


“I am excited that Padraic McMeel has agreed to lead UAM Athletics into a new era,” UAM Chancellor Karla Hughes said. “He recently served as the interim athletics director at Oakland University, and with his background and experience I am sure he will continue to build on the UAM traditions of athletics excellence and student success. I also want to thank Dr. Kurt Patberg for his assistance in our search for a new athletics director. Athletics Staffing Consultants’ assistance was vital in helping us find the right candidate for UAM.”


McMeel was also instrumental in fundraising for a new football stadium at the University of Central Florida, new basketball arenas at Missouri State University and the University of Central Florida as well as starting a new football program at Kennesaw State University.


“I am humbled and honored to be chosen to lead UAM’s athletics programs, and I am excited about building on the already rich tradition in Southeast Arkansas,” McMeel said.


Prior to taking the position at Oakland University in 2014, he worked as the associate director of athletics for external operations (2011-2014) at Kennesaw State University. He was the assistant athletics director for external affairs at Missouri State University (2008-2011). He also served as director of premium seating and associate director of the Golden Knights Club (2006-2008) and was the assistant director of athletic development for the Golden Knights Club (2005-2006) at the University of Central Florida.


McMeel holds a bachelor of applied arts degree in sports studies and a master of arts degree in physical education with an emphasis on athletic administration from Central Michigan University.