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Dr. Michael Cross Named Assistant Athletic Director

Dr. Michael Cross was announced as the newest member of Penn State’s athletic department on Monday, as the university introduced him as Assistant Athletic Director.

Cross, a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, spent the early years of his career at his alma mater as both an Assistant to the Dean of Students and a graduate assistant men’s basketball coach. After his days at SUNY-Buffalo, Cross spent a year at Assumption College before spending five at the University of Michigan. He was then a part of Princeton’s athletic department from 1999 to 2009, and has spent the last five years as Bradley University’s Director of Athletics.

“I am tremendously appreciative of the opportunity extended by Sandy Barbour and Phil Esten, and their faith in my ability to contribute to the future of the department,” Cross said in a release by Penn State Athletics. “Penn State’s exceptional combination of championships with unwavering academic excellence sets the standard nationally. It is exciting to join a progressive leadership team that embodies ‘One Team’ and simultaneously values tradition and creativity. My family and I look forward to immersing ourselves in all that State College has to offer.”

As Penn State’s Assistant Athletic Director, Cross will administrate the men’s and women’s hockey and rugby programs, as well as “identifying new business and revenue generation opportunities, engaging with various constituencies within the Penn State communities and intercollegiate athletics.”

James Franklin and Pat Chambers have been showing off their team-building skills in recent weeks, but now it’s Sandy Barbour’s turn. Welcome aboard, Doc.

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