Acting athletics director named
Christian Spears has been named Northern Illinois’ acting director of athletics following the departure of Jeff Compher to take the director of athletics position at East Carolina University. Spears joined the Huskies’ executive administrative team in April 2009 from Southern Illinois University and has overseen many NIU athletics administrative units over the last four years.
Under his guidance, Northern Illinois ranks among the national leaders in Academic Progress Rate and Graduation Success Rate. He has been involved in hiring coaches and staff, and is the sport administrator for six NIU sports programs. In addition to his duties at Northern Illinois, Spears currently serves as president of the National Association for Athletics Compliance.