UNI director of athletics leaving for Tulane University

Posted on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Bill Ruud, UNI president, 319-273-2566,

Colin McDonough, assistant athletic director, athletic communication, 319-273-5456,

Scott Ketelsen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Athletic Director Troy Dannen is leaving the university to accept a job as the new director of athletics at Tulane University in New Orleans. Dannen's final day at UNI is Dec. 31. An interim athletic director will be named while UNI performs a national search.

"Troy has really taken UNI’s athletic program to a new level," said UNI President Bill Ruud. "He has done a great deal to enhance athletics at UNI, from improving our facilities to increasing the number of scholarships for student athletes. We are grateful for Troy’s leadership and support, and we wish him and his family the best at Tulane."

"The opportunity to serve my alma mater in this position for the last eight years has been a dream," said Dannen. "President Allen, and now President Ruud have given me the opportunity to lead an outstanding group of coaches and student athletes and work alongside a fantastic staff. It is an opportunity I will always cherish. As accomplished as Northern Iowa has been competitively, academically, socially and fiscally, I’m confident the best is yet to come for Panther Nation."

In the eight years Dannen has been at UNI, the Panthers enjoyed an incredible run of success at both the conference and national levels. The success comes not only in the form of wins on each athletic platform, but success in academics, fundraising, business operations and marketing. Dannen was honored by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) as Under Armour AD of the Year (ADOY) in 2014.

Dannen was named UNI director of athletics in 2008. Before that, he was executive director of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. Dannen graduated from UNI in 1989 with a degree in communications.