EIU AD Burke leaves for Tulane

Published 03/27 2014 05:10PM

Updated 04/01 2014 05:55PM

CHARLESTON, Ill. - Eastern Illinois athletic director Barbara Burke is leaving the university to become the new deputy athletic director and chief operating officer at Tulane University.  Burke has served as athletic director at EIU since 2008.  During her tenure the football program reached the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs, and the Panthers won three OVC Commissioner's Cups, which recognize outstanding all-around athletic success.  Burke will start her new job at Tulane in April.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to join the Tulane family and to lead the athletics program on a day-to-day basis," Burke said in a news release. "I am excited to work with Rick and with the opportunities of moving into the American Athletic Conference. In speaking with Rick, the committee and others, I feel there is a strong commitment to the intercollegiate athletics program and the direction it is going with the new facility projects, especially bringing football back to campus, and the move into a new conference."

EIU will begin it's search for a new athletic director immediately.

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