Western Michigan picks Dan Bartholomae from Oregon State as new athletic director

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Western Michigan has picked its new athletic director, and after a nationwide search, the school is tapping someone from the Pac-12.

Dan Bartholomae, Oregon State's executive deputy athletic director and COO, will be the new leader of the Bronco athletic department on Jan. 1, pending approval from the university's Board of Trustees.

"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. We are pleased to have a leader of his caliber and experience to guide the division into its next era of accomplishment,” WMU president Edward Montgomery said in a statement released by the school.

Bartholomae is replacing the retiring Kathy Beauregard, who spent the last 24 years as WMU's AD.

"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 said in the released statement.

Bartholomae has been at Oregon State since 2017 and before then spent 15 years at Pittsburgh. With the Beavers, Bartholomae has been OSU's leader for its sports supervisory team for football and wrestling, the leader for the internal operations unit and has had a hand in the department's fundraising plans for certain projects.

He served in several different capacities with Pittsburgh, first as compliance and game operations assistant in 2002, and finally as deputy athletic director for internal affairs, according to Bartholomae's Oregon State bio.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Western Michigan picks Dan Bartholomae as new athletic director