Bob England named interim EMU athletic director
YPSILANTI - Bob England, the longtime director of recreation and intramurals at Eastern Michigan University, was named today to serve as EMU’s interim athletic director. England replaces David Diles who resigned to accept a similar position at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
In making the announcement, Craig Willis, interim president, said, “Eastern Michigan University is fortunate to have an administrator with the experience and credentials Bob England brings to this position. For 37 years he has run one of the most outstanding recreation and intramural programs in the country. He is personally recognized as a national leader in the field.”
Willis said, “the connection between athletics and recreation is a natural. As I sought input regarding a transition plan, Bob’s name kept coming up. He’s highly respected throughout the University and community. I’m confident he will provide excellent leadership for the program.”
England, a native of Ypsilanti, is no stranger to intercollegiate athletics. After graduating from Ypsilanti High School, he played football for the University of Michigan. He graduated from Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1966 and earned his master’s degree from Michigan in 1968. When he was hired to head up the recreation department at EMU in 1968 it was part of the athletic department.
“I’ve had a very close relationship with athletics and spent many years in athletics,” England said. “I’m looking forward to working with the great student athletes and coaches that make up the program. I am honored and humbled to be asked.”
Willis said that England would continue to serve as director of recreation and intramurals in addition to serving as interim athletic director. “In both these roles, Bob will report to Jim Vick, vice president for student affairs,” Willis said. England’s start date has not been set and is being negotiated.
England is married to Jill Greenstreet England, an educational consultant who earned her master’s degree from EMU and her bachelor’s and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. They have one son, Rob, 36.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.
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