CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Troy Dannen has been named director of athletics at the University of Northern Iowa. He is currently executive director of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. He will assume his new duties at UNI in July.
"Troy brings a valuable and unique perspective to this position. He also brings a level of energy, enthusiasm, and passion for Panther athletics second to none," said UNI President Ben Allen. "I look forward to working with Troy and to welcoming the Dannen family back to the UNI community."
Dannen will be formally introduced at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 3, at the McLeod Center Alumni Suite. He has been employed by the IGHSAU since 1989, becoming executive director in 2002. IGHSAU oversees athletics in 392 schools in 11 sports across the state of Iowa, involving 70,000 participants. He received his B.A. from UNI.
"The University of Northern Iowa has been a significant part of my personal life since I arrived on campus as a freshman in 1985," Dannen said. "The opportunity to extend that relationship professionally is a dream come true. My wife and I are Panthers for life and look forward to coming home to the Cedar Valley."
"Troy is a dynamic leader who will provide vision and direction. He has proven he can get things done," said Tom Schellhardt, UNI vice president for administration and finance. "He has a solid understanding and appreciation for student athletes, coaches and administrative staff. He will be a strong collaborator between the Athletic Department and the rest of the university and will be actively engaged in the university community and the community at large."
Dannen signed a four-year contract and will receive a $155,000 annual salary. He replaces Rick Hartzell, who resigned in January.
Other finalists for the position included Terry L. Wanless, director of athletics, Sacramento State; Barbara G. Walker, senior associate athletic director, Wake Forest University; Michael P. Waddell, senior associate director of athletics, University of Cincinnati; and Glen Krupica, deputy director of athletics for external affairs, Northern Illinois University.