By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer
After 32 years in the district, Clovis High athletic director Dale Fullerton will be leaving his current post at the end of the fall semester.
Fullerton, in his third year as Clovis’ AD, has accepted a position as principal at Bovina High School. He starts at Bovina in January.
The 55-year-old native of Portales said he hopes the change gives him more family time.
“Part of the reason I switched is I’ve got a grandkid now and I want to spend more time with the family,” he said. “With all the athletics we have in Clovis, I’m busy all the time.”
Bovina principal Bill Bizzell, a former Clovis assistant principal, was recently promoted to superintendent.
“I think (the new position) will give me a little more time,” said Fullerton, who served as Marshall Junior High principal for 13 years. “Certainly, it was a hard decision to leave Clovis after being here 32 years.
“In this (AD) position, you aren’t directly in contact with students like you are as a principal, and I’ve missed that.”
David Briseno, Clovis’ director of federal programs and community relations, said he expects the job will be advertised before a replacement for Fullerton is named.
“Dale has been with the Clovis schools for a long time,” Briseno said. “He’s served the district in a lot of capacities.
“We’re just going to miss him. He’s a Wildcat at heart, and I think he always will be.”
The fact that he’s not leaving for a while will help in the process of finding a replacement, Briseno added.
“He’s given us a little bit of time,” Briseno said. “I’m sure the job will be advertised, and we’ll try and find somebody to do as great a job as he has.”
Fullerton has been in the district since 1974.
He spent 16 years over two stretches (1978-90 and 2000-02) an a CHS football assistant.