ANCHORAGE, Alaska -

As it did with its quest to hire a hockey coach, the University of Alaska Anchorage is asking for public feedback in the process of selecting its next athletic director.

The public can participate in an open forum, set for July 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307. UAA says the community is encouraged to share ideas on what qualities they would like to see in UAA's next leader of athletics.

UAA is looking to replace Dr. Steve Cobb, who was fired in late May after nearly 12 seasons on the job. Dr. Cobb had fallen out of favor with many in the hockey community.

The search committee to find his replacement will be comprised of six members: Current UAA Associate AD Tim McDiffett, UAA Vice Chancellor Dr. Bill Spindle, Seawolf Hall of Fame member Bill McKay, UAA faculty member Dr. Deborah Narang, former UAA hockey player from 1994-98 Jeff Edwards, and Bobbi Olson, a longtime UAA athletics donor and chair of the Great Alaska Shootout. Olson's inclusion is notable because she recently said she would withdraw future contributions to UAA over the firing of Cobb.

UAA says the process to hire an athletic director is expected to take five to seven weeks.