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The WCHA announced Thursday that it will launch a national search, beginning immediately, for the next association vice president and women’s commissioner.

The announcement was made by Dr. Stephen Castleberry, faculty athletics representative at Minnesota-Duluth and newly-appointed chair of the women’s WCHA.

The women’s executive committee has appointed a six-person search committee, chaired by Minnesota-Duluth athletic director Josh Berlo and including Bemidji State assistant coach Amber Fryklund, North Dakota faculty athletics representative Dr. Sue Jeno, Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson, Minnesota State faculty athletics representative Dr. Jeffrey Pribyl and WCHA president and men’s commissioner Bill Robertson.

“Given the growth and popularity of women’s hockey reaching new heights, this is an incredible opportunity and responsibility for the WCHA – the nation’s premier collegiate league – to play a prominent role in leading the sport’s continued development and advancement,” said Berlo in a statement. “The Search Committee, on behalf of the WCHA and its member institutions, is excited to identify a dynamic leader whose work will ensure our continued championship-level success and academic achievement, while accelerating growth in all facets for the league and sport of women’s hockey at a regional and national level. We are committed to recruiting a strong and diverse national candidate pool, and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.”

Added Castleberry: “As the league embarks on its next chapter, the Executive Committee and WCHA member institutions wish to thank Bill Robertson for his efforts since assuming interim leadership duties Feb. 5. Under his guidance, the WCHA enjoyed a successful Final Face-Off tournament, including live television coverage of the championship game for the first time in league history. Bill’s work has laid a terrific foundation for the women’s WCHA moving forward.”

A full job description can be found at wcha.com/womenscommissioner/. Interested candidates should send their resume, letter of interest and the names of at least three references to Berlo at wchasearch@d.umn.edu.

The search committee’s goal is to have a successful candidate selected and the position filled no later than Aug. 1, 2016.

Robertson will remain interim women’s commissioner until the position is filled.