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Danielle Surprenant has been named interim director of athletics at Western Illinois University, effective May 21. This comes following the departure of Matt Tanney, who is taking the AD job at Division III Wabash College. 


Surprenant has served as senior associate athletic director for internal operations and senior woman administrator since April 2017. Prior to that, she worked for seven years at Quincy University as the associate athletic director for compliance and internal operations and senior woman administrator. The university said in a press release that a national search will be held for to fill the AD opening. 


"Danielle has a solid background in collegiate athletics and the experience necessary to provide outstanding leadership for Leatherneck Athletics and to continue the program's long tradition of excellence," said WIU President Jack Thomas. "We look forward to working with Danielle as the interim athletic director, and we wish Matt Tanney well in his new position at Wabash."


Surprenant is a Carthage native and resides there with her husband Grant and their two children.