EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — The Michigan State Board of Trustees held a meeting today to announce Alan Haller as the new athletic director.
Haller will take over the athletic department from Bill Beekman, who was in the role for three years.
You can view the BoT meeting on this page.
Haller initially joined the athletic department in 2010 as an associate athletic director and then in 2015 he was promoted to senior associate athletic director, and added chief of staff to his title in 2017.
“Alan has been a leader in developing athlete administrators and broadening the depth and breadth of our diverse talent within MSU Athletics,” MSU President Samuel L. Stanley said. “His professional accomplishments, integrity and leadership make him the best choice to move our programs forward during a constantly evolving college athletics landscape. And his understanding and perspective as a former student-athlete will benefit Spartan athletes for generations.”
Michigan State hired a firm to conduct a national search for the position.
“Alan is a remarkable leader and an accomplished and well-rounded administrator who has been instrumental in setting up MSU Athletics for continued success,” said Dianne Byrum, chairperson of the MSU Board of Trustees. “Our nationwide search led us back home to a leader who is steadfastly committed to the success of our institution and its student-athletes. I have full confidence that Alan will continue to move MSU Athletics forward with a vision that focuses on student success, competitive excellence and integrity in all that we do.”
His time at MSU was extremely valuable, Haller said.
“Being a student-athlete at Michigan State was a transformational experience in my life. My time as a member of the Spartan football and track and field teams laid the groundwork for everything that’s followed,” Haller said. “To this day, with every major decision and event, I rely on the principles that were forged as a student-athlete. It’s my job to make sure our current and future student-athletes experience the same transformation, reaching their highest potential both academically and athletically. The phrase ‘Spartan for Life’ signifies our commitment to our student-athletes does not end when they leave MSU.
“Spartan athletics is filled with amazing student-athletes, talented coaches and dedicated staff. Together, we will work to ensure that MSU Athletics adds value to Michigan State University and the surrounding community. It’s our commitment as a university partner. This is an exciting time in our department’s history, full of limitless possibilities. Only together can we realize those dreams.”
Haller also played a big role in the hiring of former football coach Mark Dantonio and current coach Mel Tucker.
He played football for Michigan State from 1988-91 for coach George Perles and was drafted in the 5th round by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Haller had a large vocal support from alumni and former players
Haller also went to high school Lansing Sexton High School.
He has a bachelor degree from Michigan State in criminal justice and a master’s degree in human resources from Central Michigan.
Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren also released a statement about Haller:
“Alan Haller is intelligent, hardworking, a person of high integrity and a proven leader,” said Kevin Warren, Big Ten Conference commissioner. “Alan has made a positive impact in East Lansing since he arrived on campus as a student-athlete. Prior to his tenure as a professional football player, a member of law enforcement and as an administrator at MSU, Alan had a transformational experience as a Spartan student-athlete. This experience and his dedication will empower Alan to serve the needs of all Spartan student-athletes. We look forward to working closely with Alan as he leads MSU Athletics.”