- Associated Press - Monday, July 14, 2014

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) - Eastern Illinois University has hired University of Illinois administrator Tom Michael as the Panthers’ new athletic director.

EIU announced Monday that Michael will take over on Aug. 11 He replaces Barbara Burke who left in April for Tulane University.

Michael is the senior associate athletic director at Illinois. He has been a key figure in that school’s ongoing renovation of the State Farm Center basketball arena. Michael was also a basketball player at Illinois in the early 1990s.

Michael said in a news release that the 18 years he has worked at Illinois have prepared him to take over at EIU.

Dan Nadler is EIU’s vice president of student affairs. He called Michael a “well-rounded administrator” who will be committed to athletic and academic development at the Charleston school.