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There is a vacancy on the board of directors of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee - an opening created by the pending resignation of board member Tom Nycum, a University of Utah vice president of administrative services who on Thursday was named to a top executive position with SLOC."Full-time staff cannot serve on the board," explained a SLOC spokesman. "He will have to resign."

Nycum, who was named managing director of Games services, has been the U.'s representative on the SLOC board of directors, and he has been a key figure in the negotiations between SLOC and the university over construction of the Olympic Village, which will house 3,500 athletes and Olympics officials, and the renovation of Rice Stadium, which will be the site of the opening and closing ceremonies.

It is always possible that Salt Lake Mayor Deedee Corradini and Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt will nominate a replacement from the ranks of University of Utah administration. However, at recent board meetings, board members have discussed the need for an American Indian and a representative from Park City to serve on the board when the next opening occurs.

Nycum's new responsibilities will include spectator services, ticketing, accreditation, accommodations, the Olympic Village, protocol, medical services and food services for the 2002 Winter Games and Paralympics. He will work under SLOC senior vice president Dave Johnson.

"Games services will impact nearly everyone at the 2002 Games," said SLOC president Frank Joklik. "Tom is the ideal person to fill this role with his broad-based administrative and financial skills."

Nycum has been the chief business and financial officer at the U., overseeing an annual operating budget of about $1.25 billion. Nycum was also responsible for overseeing data processing, information systems, public safety, personnel services, physical plant operations, Research Park and planning and construction at the university.

For the most part, those are the same responsibilities he will have at SLOC.

Verena Rasmussen, the former managing director of Games services, voluntarily stepped aside for family reasons and was subsequently named director of protocol.

She will be SLOC's liaison with the International Olympic Committee, International Federation, international dignitaries and other organizing and bid committees, and will work under Nycum.

Nycum's salary at SLOC is said to be comparable with his salary at the U., where he earns $160,000 a year.