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Tom Michael to be new EIU Athletic Director
A source confirmed to WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten Sunday that Eastern Illinois has reached an agreement with University of Illinois Senior Associate Athletics Director Tom Michael to be the Panthers' new Athletic Director. Michael replaces Barbara Burke who announced in March she was leaving Charleston to become the Deputy Director of Athletics at Tulane. Michael has overseen the renovations to State Farm Center and is a former University of Illinois basketball player. He's worked at the U of I for 18 years, starting out as an Academic Counselor in 1996. An official announcement is expected from the University on Monday.