Cross resigns as Bradley athletics director

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Michael Cross, director of athletics at Bradley University the past five years, announced Monday he will resign at the conclusion of the women’s Missouri Valley Conference tournament, which is the weekend of March 12-15.

Cross, who became athletics director in January 2010, did not give a reason or announce future plans.

“I cannot express enough gratitude to the senior staff, coaches and student athletes for living our mission and core values and for their tremendous commitment and personal dedication,” Cross said in a prepared statement. “I also want to thank (BU) President (Joanne) Glasser and the University for the opportunity to lead the athletic department for the past five years.”                    

The news release from Bradley said Cross’s tenure “emphasized core values of accountability, courage, diligence, integrity and respect and included numerous accomplishments across all sports as well as the academic, branding, and licensing areas of Bradley Athletics.”  

Glasser, who announced last month she will retire at the end of this semester, thanked Cross for his service to the University and his commitment to academic and championship success. 

“Dr. Cross is a man of high ethical standards, integrity and character,” Glasser said. “On behalf of the University community, we thank him for all that he has accomplished during his service and wish him well in his future professional endeavors.”

Cross came to Bradley from Princeton University, where he had been executive associate director of athletics since July 2006. For three years before that he was senior associate director of athletics for intercollegiate programming.

Cross is currently a member of the NCAA Committee on Academic Performance.



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