CMU Names Amy Folan New Athletic Director
Central Michigan University has named Amy Folan its new Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics.
Folan arrives in Mt. Pleasant after serving as executive senior associate athletics director at the University of Texas at Austin since 2012. Folan oversaw the school’s athletic fundraising effort, the Longhorn Foundation, and the athletic department’s ticket office.
Folan joined Texas in 2012 as the assistant athletics director for compliance. She also served as associate athletics director for athletics compliance and sports programs and associate athletics director for administration and sports programs. Prior to joining Texas, Folan worked for the NCAA and the University of Georgia.
Folan replaces former Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Michael Alford. Alford departed to become CEO of Seminole Boosters, Inc., at Florida State University earlier in September.
“I am thrilled to welcome Amy Folan to Central Michigan University and the Mount Pleasant community,” CMU President Bob Davies said in a statement. “Our goal was to find a person who would continue, if not steepen, our upward trajectory. Amy’s past accomplishments and proven leadership skills will have an immediate and positive impact.
“Amy is a well-respected leader and will be an outstanding representative of CMU Athletics, our student-athletes and our entire university community. 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.”
Folan previously served as president and board member of the National Association of Athletics Compliance and was a member pf the Fellows Program of the Division 1A Athletics Directors Association. She currently serves on the executive committee of the Sports Management Institute.
“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. I see this tremendous opportunity as a new chapter for me and also for Central Michigan Athletics.”
Folan received a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences from the University of Connecticut, where she also was a member of the school’s women’s soccer team. She also earned a master’s degree in sport management from the University of Georgia.
Folan is CMU’s eighth athletic director since 1940.
Folan and her husband, Joseph, have two children, Anelio and Giada.