Warde Manuel, holding a Wolverines football jersey, was introduced as the University of Michigan’s new athletic director on Jan. 29. (Photo courtesy of AP)
Warde Manuel, holding a Wolverines football jersey, was introduced as the University of Michigan’s new athletic director on Jan. 29. (Photo courtesy of AP)
Warde Manuel, holding a Wolverines football jersey, was introduced
as the University of Michigan’s new athletic director on Jan. 29. (Photo courtesy of AP)

By ERICK LEHMAN, Managing Editor

The University of Michigan ended its search for a new director of athletics.

On Jan. 29, the university made it official and held an introductory press conference for their newest athletic director, Warde Manuel.

Manuel has been an athletic director for over a decade, most recently at Connecticut and Buffalo prior to that.

Manuel, 47, replaces Jim Hackett, who was tabbed interim athletic director after the resignation of Dave Brandon.

A former Michigan football player, Manuel committed to play for Bo Schembechler 30 years ago. However, his career was cut short due to a neck injury and he instead became interested in the athletic administration department.

Manuel was teammates for one year — his freshman year — with Jim Harbaugh.

“I chose to accept this offer for the same reason I committed to Bo 30 years ago this week, the week before signing day,” Manuel told the Detroit News. “There is no finer place than this Michigan of ours. We are leaders and best in both athletics and academics. We don’t have to boast and throw it in peoples’ faces, but it shines bright to the rest of the world.

According to the Detroit News, Manuel signed a five-year contract that will pay him $800,000 per year base salary, with $100,000 in deferred compensation per year and a one-time recruiting incentive of $250,000.

Manuel will receive $51,500 in year one from the university for retirement contribution and $25,000 in years two through five. He also will receive the use of two automobiles through the dealer-provided auto program, according to Angelique Chengelis of the Detroit News.