Mizzou announces Desiree Reed-Francois' first hires as athletic director
Desiree Reed-Francois has made her first two hires as Missouri's new athletic director.
Missouri announced that Reed-Francois will bring Greg Hulen and Ryan Koslen to Columbia as senior associate athletic directors.
Hulen will be the athletic department's chief revenue officer, while Koslen will be the department's chief communications officer. Both Kolsen and Hulen will start their new positions in Columbia on Sept. 7.
Reed-Francois is bringing Hulen from UNLV, where he had a brief stint as senior associate AD and chief revenue officer. He joined UNLV on June 16, moving from Tallahassee, Florida, where he was the executive vice president for Seminole Boosters, Inc. for Florida State University since 2017.
Prior to his three months at UNLV, Hulen worked for the athletic departments at Tennessee, Bowling Green and Texas Tech.
"Greg Hulen has excelled as a fundraiser and revenue generation leader at the highest levels," Reed-Francois said in a statement. "His integrity, drive, experience and ability to make others around him better will be critical as we elevate Tiger Athletics. Our responsibility is to provide the resources to best support our student-athletes and coaches in their pursuit of excellence, and I am confident Greg is the right leader to help us fulfill this expectation."
Kolsen comes to Missouri after spending nearly a decade and a half at Cincinnati. He was in charge of the external, internal and digital communications for the Bearcats' athletic department and oversaw day-to-day communications operations.
Kolsen assisted the Cincinnati football program in six conference championships and three New Year's Six bowl game appearances.
"We sought a person of outstanding character and experience with an unparalleled work ethic in our search for a leader to oversee our strategic communications efforts, and Ryan Koslen is the ideal fit," Reed-Francois said in a statement. "He is innovative, prepared and poised to lead our strategic communications and content teams.
"I have seen Ryan's work first-hand and know his determination and selflessness will make our team better. I am looking forward to the creative impact he will have on Mizzou Athletics and with our global Tiger community."
Chris Kwiecinski is the sports editor for the Columbia Daily Tribune, overseeing University of Missouri and Boone County sports coverage. Follow him on Twitter @OchoK_ and contact him at CKwiecinsk@gannett.com or 435-414-3261.