Northwestern officially names next athletic director
Northwestern has a new athletic director.
Monday morning, the university announced that it has hired Mike Polisky to succeed Jim Phillips in the role. He will take over the new position effective immediately.
Polisky takes the job after serving as the deputy director of athletics for external affairs since 2010. He will be the 22nd athletic director in the history of Northwestern University’s department.
“After our search committee conducted a thorough nationwide search and identified a number of strong candidates, I appointed Mike Polisky to build on our unprecedented successes and to lead Northwestern Athletics and Recreation into a new era,” said university president Morton Schapiro. “With his long experience at Northwestern, and his integrity and wisdom, I’m confident we will continue to be a model for excellence on the playing field and in the classroom.”
Northwestern was looking for a new athletic director after Phillips left the school to be the next commissioner of the ACC.
“Over the last 11 years I’ve had the honor of working for the best and brightest student-athletes in college athletics, alongside the most impressive group of coaches and staff in the industry, at one of the most remarkable institutions of higher education in the world,” Polisky said. “I’m grateful for the trust placed in me by President Schapiro, chair of the Board of Trustees Lanny Martin and the entire Northwestern family. The progress I’ve been part of here has been possible for the same reason the future of Athletics and Recreation is so bright: the people. My family and I are so thankful to be members of the Wildcats community.”