Newton Chellette Looks to Smooth Transition of His Retirement

Posted: February 14, 2017 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2016-17

Chelette tabbed to consult at AVC

By: Julie Drake

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley College officials are considering paying retired dean and athletic director Newton Chelette up to $40,000 to assist with development of a job description for athletic director and other efforts helping college athletics programs.

The college board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Room 151 of the Student Services building at the college, 3041 West Ave. K, to consider a consulting contract with Chelette, who retired in June after 27 years at the college. He left as athletic director and dual deans of Kinesiology and Athletics and Visual and Performing Arts.

The proposed contract would run from Feb. 1 through June 30. Chelette would be paid $8,000 per month up to $40,000 for five months. That is nearly $3,500 less than what Chelette earned per month including benefits when he retired, according to Elizabeth Diachun, executive director of Marketing and Public Information for the college.

If the contract is approved, Chelette would represent AV College at California Community College Athletic Association and athletic conference events. He would also promote athletics and assist coaches with development of sports schedules for 2017-18 and assist with development of travel, equipment purchase requests and event logistics.

The role of an athletic director requires a specific body of knowledge and a lot of cooperation at the state level "that Newton Chelette had done for many years for us," Diachun said.

"Athletics are an important part of what we do," she said.

Chelette had been with the college for so long and filled that role for so many years that officials need to look at how to redefine the role moving forward.

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