Central Michigan names new athletic director

NCAA Football

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. (WOOD) — Central Michigan University has a new athletic director in Amy Folan, with university President Bob Davies making the hire Tuesday morning.

“I’m honored to be here. CMU being a long-storied of being a leader in the MAC was what attracted me to it,” Folan said. “I’m excited to be here and I’m excited about all of the things we’re going to be able to achieve going forward at CMU athletics.”

She will officially begin her role with the Chippewas Oct. 5. She takes over for Michael Alford, who left to join Florida State’s athletic department as the CEO of Seminol Boosters last month. 

Folan joined Central Michigan after being the senior associate athletic director at the University of Texas since 2012. As a Longhorn, she was involved with mostly fundraising and financial parts of the athletic department. Her current position included roles with the fundraising arm of Texas Athletics and the ticket office. She was also involved in special projects with the athletic director like strategic initiatives and other business moves.

“An important part of my transition will be working with campus partners to make sure athletics is in line with the university’s budget priorities and I’m ready to tackle those challenges head-on,” Folan said. “I know it’s been in good hands with everyone working here.”

A Tuesday press release touted Folan’s fundraising success for the Longhorn Foundation. In 2019 alone, the membership grew by 18,600 people and the total annual fund grew to 42.9 million.

Folan played soccer at Connecticut and later earned her master’s degree at the University of Georgia.

She was also previously involved with the NCAA, where she worked three years as a membership services representative, being directly in charge of the Atlantic 10, Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference with legislative issues. 

“The thing I’m most excited about is all of the opportunity, when I look at challenges — I know it’s a unique time, I know we’re in a pandemic, even when I was at Texas, that was a different look than what ‘normal’ is,” Folan said. “Everyday, using that rigor, relevance and excellence to tackle every dilemma and come out of it better and stronger on the other end. We have the right team here to do that and I look forward to all of the things that come our way and continuing to move this athletic program forward.”

Michael Alford, 51, joined CMU in 2017 and replaced Dave Heeke, making Folan the school’s third athletic director in the last four years. 

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