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Posted on Fri, Apr 19, 2013 : 6:05 p.m.

Eastern Michigan president Susan Martin says athletic director will be hired by mid-summer

By Pete Cunningham

Eastern Michigan University president Susan Martin announced details surrounding the schools national search for a new athletic director on Friday, two days after Dr. Melody Reifel Werner's first official day as interim athletic director.


Melody Reifel Werner

Courtesy of Eastern Michigan athletics

The school previously stated it planned to conduct a national search to replace Dr. Derrick Gragg, who accepted the same position at Tulsa University in March. According to a news release, Martin plans to complete the search by "mid-summer."

Eastern's vice president of communication, Walter Kraft, will lead the search committee and a website has been set up dedicated to the search.

Gragg spent seven years as the athletic director during which Eastern totaled 24 Mid-American Conference team championships, 32 MAC Coach of the Year Awards, 38 MAC Player of the Year honors and 164 individual MAC champions. EMU’s women's basketball program also was sanctioned for exceeding practice time and other NCAA violations and the football and men's basketball teams struggled mightily in going 18-66 and 91-133, respectively.

Reifel Werner has served as the associate athletic director and senior woman administrator with the school for the past 17 years.

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Sat, Apr 20, 2013 : 2:21 p.m.

And we don't need any advice from the university down the street, or from EMU Regent Jim Stapleton.


Sat, Apr 20, 2013 : 2:02 a.m.

Silly to put on a big show for what is essentially an administrator. Werner can do the job so let her.


Sat, Apr 20, 2013 : 4:02 a.m.

And it is interesting that they tout the MAC awards and all of the other achievements when all of the university's time and money has been spent on the two biggest dud sports, mens football and baseball. The other sports thrived while Gragg was focused on these money losing sports. But, it got him a job at a more prestigious sports school, so good for him.