August 16th, 2019 | by CollegeAD

Julie Cromer, who comes to Ohio from the University of Arkansas, was introduced by university President Duane Nellis on Friday morning at the Sook Academic Center at Peden Stadium, concluding a national search for long-time athletic director Jim Schaus’ replacement. Throughout the interview process, Cromer was not only impressed by the recent successes of Ohio Athletics, she was “most impacted” by her meetings with student-athletes. “There’s a great foundation here. My job is to come in and continue to support the things that are working and find the ways we can make incremental and substantive change,” Cromer said. “But it’s also an opportunity to bring some new energy and fresh perspective to the department.” However, in the big picture, the appointment of Cromer to athletic director is not only a big step for her career, but also the Ohio athletic department as a whole. Cromer understands what it means to be the first female athletic director in Athens. “I recognize the historical significance for us here at this university, but this university has a rich culture of inclusion…I’m not the first “first” on this campus,” Cromer said. “There are also a lot of talented women that have worked in college athletics for a very long time. Cromer’s first day as athletic director will be August 31. -Taylor Jedrzejek, WOUB, Read More

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