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Finalists named in athletics director search

Candidates visiting campus this week

Contact: Heather Smith


Three finalists to be Central Michigan University's next athletics director are visiting campus for interviews this week.

Mary C. Schutten, executive vice president and provost, and chair of the 16-member search committee, said the field was narrowed after a national search. Each candidate will meet with several stakeholder groups at CMU, including the president's cabinet; head coaches and senior athletic department staff; the Academic Senate athletics committee; student-athletes; the gender equity committee; and the search committee.

"I am incredibly impressed with the diverse pool of talented candidates we attracted for this position," Schutten said. "Each of our finalists has the necessary experience to continue CMU Athletics' championship culture and support our student-athletes in the classroom and on the field." 

The finalists are:

  • Amy Folan, executive senior associate athletics director at the University of Texas at Austin. 
  • Alan Haller, deputy athletic director at Michigan State University. 
  • Derek van der Merwe, assistant vice president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer for University of Arizona Athletics. 
The next Zyzelewski Family Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics will replace Michael Alford, who served in the role for three years before leaving in August to become the CEO of Seminole Boosters Inc. at Florida State University.

The position reports directly to the university president and is responsible for providing strong leadership, administration and overall coordination of a comprehensive Division I intercollegiate program.


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