By RICKY LINDSAY, Sports Editor
The University of Michigan-Dearborn announced Monday that Matt Beaudry has been named its Director of Athletics. He will begin his tenure Oct. 13.
Beaudry, a Marysville, Mich. native, spent the past two years with the NCAA’s Big Ten Conference, where he worked in administration. According to a release by the university’s athletics site, he represented all 14 conference teams, from “regular season and postseason administration, budgetary, competition and governance management, and community outreach and service.”
Beaudry replaces Dr. Ann Lampkin-Williams, who served as Interim Director of Athletics following Steve Rotta’s resignation in spring 2013.
On Sept. 29, collegead.org reported Beaudry’s hiring, citing a source. Bryan Earl, Assistant Director of Athletic Operations, told the Michigan Journal Monday that the week-long delay in announcing the hiring was to follow university policy, which he said included notifying other candidates.
Prior to his time with the Big Ten Conference, Beaudry was a member of the External Affairs division at Tulane University, responsible for capital campaigns and scholarship programs for the university’s 16 sports.
According to UM-Dearborn’s release, he “assisted with a $70 million “Home Field Advantage” campaign for a new on-campus football stadium,” managed booster clubs, fundraising initiatives, and financing for Tulane’s athletic department.
Lampkin-Williams will continue her role as Senior Advisor to the Chancellor for Inclusion and Special Projects, according to UM-Dearborn’s release.
UM-Dearborn will welcome Beaudry Oct. 13, and there will be an event doing so.
“There will be something to welcome him,” Earl told the Journal. “We haven’t finalized everything yet.”