Central Michigan University hires Amy Folan as new athletic director

Posted at 1:04 PM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 13:04:46-04

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (WXYZ) — Central Michigan University has found its new athletic director. President Bob Davies announced Tuesday the university has hired Amy Folan to take over as athletic director after a nationwide search.

Folan was previously the executive senior associate athletics director at the University of Texas at Austin and had been in that role since 2012. During her time in Texas, she oversaw the Longhorn Foundation, which is the fundraising arm of Texas Athletics.

"Amy is a well-respected leader and will be an outstanding representative of CMU Athletics, our student-athletes and our entire university community," Davies said. "An incredible passion for student-athletes, combined with her experience and leadership in fundraising and compliance, positioned her as the best fit to take our athletics program to the next level."

While at Texas, Folan led the Longhorn Foundation in recording six of the most successful fundraising years in its history.

She takes over for Michael Alford, who left in July for Florida State. Rachel Blunt has served as the interim athletic director since Aug. 31.

"I am honored to be joining the CMU Chippewa family," Folan said. "Central Michigan is a tradition-rich program with an incredible record of success, and I look forward to working with our student-athletes, coaches, university and surrounding communities, fans and supporters to build on the CMU tradition of excellence and continue to raise the bar.