Seasoned college athletics veteran expected to “reset the tone” academically, athletically
May 29, 2012 — Chicago State University today announced Dan Schumacher as the next
director of Intercollegiate Athletics of the NCAA Division I university. Schumacher
assumes the helm June 11, taking over from Interim Director Sonja Clayton-Pedersen,
who held the post 14 months.
In pledging to work with collaboratively throughout the university, the south side-born
Schumacher said he would avoid working in a silo, instead, using the relationship
building skills he successfully employed at Division II Lewis University in Romeoville,
IL, to build quality sports programs and enhance facilities.
“I’m a disciplinarian first, an educator second, and an athletic director third,”
said Schumacher, who likened his mission at CSU to building a family.
Recruiting college-ready kids who understand discipline and time management is at
the top of his to-do list, Schumacher told a crowd of about 70 community members,
media professionals and educators who attended Tuesday’s press conference at CSU’s
Jones Convocation Center.
‘We can win with smart kids,” said Schumacher, who referred to the athletic program
as a “diamond in the rough.”
“This will not be an easy fix,” Schumacher said. “Academic success and championship
banners will take hard work, dedication, faith and leadership. I am ready for this
challenge. The athletic staff and coaches are ready for the challenge. I’m ready to
get to work.”
CSU President Wayne D. Watson announced Schumacher’s appointment as a critical step
in his administration’s efforts to shift toward higher graduation rates and increase academic
rigor, in addition to achieving comprehensive operational excellence at the institution
Watson has held since October 2009.
“Dan’s appointment represents a paradigm shift in how we reset the tone of the athletics
department,” Watson said. “Ultimately, I had the privilege of selecting a person who
demonstrated exemplary leadership, uncompromising integrity, competitive drive and
innovative ideas and who will help elevate Chicago State athletics to the next level.”
Chicago State University Intercollegiate Athletics is a NCAA Division I institution
with 14 sports that include golf, tennis, cross-country, basketball, baseball, volleyball,
and track and field. The university is a member of the Great West Conference.
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