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Jeri Beggs named Illinois State's interim athletic director

Jeri Beggs was named ISU's interim Director of Athletics on Friday.
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Jeri Beggs was named Illinois State University's interim director of athletics on Friday.

Illinois State University has named an interim athletics director one day after Kyle Brennan's resignation.

Interim president Aondover Tarhule named Jeri Beggs, an ISU marketing professor and a NCAA Division I board member, to the post, effective May 1.

“Dr. Beggs brings a wealth of experience in athletics governance to her new role,” Tarhule said in a statement. “She also brings a deep dedication to our student-athletes. I am confident in her leadership and know she will work collaboratively with athletics staff as well as internal and external partners and be a strong advocate for our programs within the community and the MVC.”

Beggs has an extensive history in college athletics. She recently served on the NCAA Transformation Committee, a 21-member panel that explored ways to modernize how college sports are run in the age of Name, Image and Likeness rules and the transfer portal that allows student-athletes to change schools without losing or delaying eligibility.

Beggs also is a top advisor for the Missouri Valley Conference and is ISU's faculty athletics representative for the NCAA, a post she has held for 14 years.

“I am excited and humbled by this incredible opportunity to serve my university and the Redbird athletics program,” said Beggs. “I look forward to working with our many stakeholders, furthering the success of our athletic programs, and promoting the success of the more than 400 student-athletes who wear Illinois State on their jerseys.”

Brennan announced his resignation on Thursday as WGLT planned to publish a story detailing a $23,000 ISU donor trip to Indianapolis in December 2021.

Eric Stock is the News Director at WGLT. You can contact Eric at ejstoc1@ilstu.edu.