The University of Maine has formed a selection committee to find the school's next athletic director to replace outgoing Steve Abbott. Robert Strong, a professor and NCAA faculty rep, will chair the search committee.

The committee will provide names to President Paul Ferguson this fall. It is hoped that a new AD can be hired by early 2014.

Steve Abbott announced a few weeks ago that he is leaving to return to the job of chief of staff for Senator Susan Collins.

Here's the search committee serving with Robert Strong...

Richard Barron, head women’s basketball coach

Robert Dana, vice president for student life and dean of students

Eileen Flaherty, associate director of athletics for compliance

Leonard Kass, associate professor of zoology and chair, Athletics Advisory Board

Karen Kemble, director of equal opportunity

Kurt Marston, past chair, University of Maine Alumni Association Board of Directors

Jim Settele, director, School of Policy and International Affairs, and football faculty liaison

Seth Woodcock, associate director of athletics for development

Guy Whitten, president, M Club Board of Directors

Judy Ryan, associate vice President for human resources (ex officio)