WMU athletics Dan Bartholomae

Western Michigan University announced the hiring of Dan Bartholomae as its new director of athletics Thursday, Dec. 23. He will officially begin the job Jan. 1, 2022, pending board of trustees approval, after the retirement of Kathy Beauregard.

"Dan comes to Western with a strong record of service in Division I athletics and a commitment to maintaining a program centered on success for our student athletes on and off the field," WMU President Edward Montgomery said. "We are pleased to have a leader of his caliber and experience to guide the division into its next era of accomplishment.”

Bartholomae comes to WMU after four years at Oregon State, serving as the school’s executive deputy athletic director and chief operating officer since August 2019. He led the school’s sport supervisory team and was the supervisor for football and wrestling.

"I am honored and energized to join an institution with such a rich history of comprehensive success nationally and within the Mid-American Conference," Bartholomae says. "The opportunity to leverage that history and partner with a campus leadership team that places a high priority on integrity, inclusive excellence and the student-athlete experience fits my most ambitious personal and professional goals."

Beauregard announced her retirement Nov. 1, leading WMU and President Montgomery to conduct a national search for her replacement.

“We are grateful to Kathy for her many years of exemplary leadership," Montgomery said. "Moreover, her pioneering success leading Bronco Athletics has left an incredible foundation upon which our forthcoming athletic director can build in the years to come.”

Before his tenure at OSU, Bartholomae spent 15 years working in athletics for the University of Pittsburgh. He worked in eight different capacities for the Panthers, the last of which was as deputy athletic director for internal affairs.

Bartholomae also spent a great deal of time at Pitt working in compliance, beginning his tenure as a compliance and game operations assistant and later working with the NCAA compliance office. He served as president of the National Association for Athletics Compliance in the 2015-16 academic year.

Bartholomae earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in policy analysis and public affairs. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Pittsburgh.

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