CMU AD Alford Leaving for Florida State


Central Michigan University Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Michael Alford is leaving to become the CEO of Seminole Boosters, Inc., at Florida State University.

Alford is set to begin his new role at Florida State on Sept. 1. He plans to assist CMU in its search for a new director of athletics.

“CMU’s authentic culture and commitment to not just winning at the Division 1 level but excelling in an upper mid-major conference is unparalleled,” Alford said in a statement. “Our success on and off the field demonstrates that. I am committed to working with the president to help find a successor committed to our mission of excellence, which promises to provide an authentic environment where student-athletes can thrive in academics and athletics.

“CMU’s successes are because of the people associated with our program. This includes the coaches and staff who challenge our student-athletes in practice and on the field; faculty who challenge them in the classroom; our Board of Trustees and university leadership, alumni, donors and supporters of the CMU Chippewa Athletics program; and the countless community members, businesses and fans who support them in the stands.”

Alford was hired by CMU in July 2017 after longtime CMU Director of Athletics Dave Heeke departed for the University of Arizona.

Prior to CMU, Alford served as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Administration and Development at the University of Oklahoma. In the past, Alford was the senior director of corporate partnerships and sales for the Dallas Cowboys from 2008-2012, and was the general manager of Crimson Tide Sports Marketing at the University of Alabama from 2004-2008. Prior to working with Alabama and the Dallas Cowboys, Alford spent time at ESPN, the University of Southern California, the Cincinnati Bengals and the University of Cincinnati.

“Michael’s leadership will be sorely missed,” CMU President Bob Davies said. “He understands that the student in student-athlete comes first, and it was evident that every move he made to enhance CMU’s championship culture and program was intended to help students succeed not only on the field but in the classroom.”