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BREAKING: Alan Haller expected to be new MSU Athletic Director, according to Detroit Free Press report

August 30, 2021
<p>Fans wave the team goodbye as the players are bussed away from Spartan Stadium after the 18th annual &quot;Meet the Spartans&quot; event on Monday, August 23, 2021. </p>

Fans wave the team goodbye as the players are bussed away from Spartan Stadium after the 18th annual "Meet the Spartans" event on Monday, August 23, 2021.

Photo by Chloe Trofatter | The State News

Alan Haller will be Michigan State’s new Athletic Director to replace current Athletic Director Bill Beekman, according to a report from Chris Solari and David Jesse at the Free Press. 

Haller previously served as the Deputy Athletic Director for MSU and has worked in MSU Athletics since 2010. The Lansing area native and former MSU football player has worked for the department for over a decade and worked hand-in-hand with the football team.

Beekman announced that he would be stepping down as Athletic Director on Aug. 5 and will return to a position in MSU administration as the Vice President of Strategic Relations. 

Haller was selected over Auburn athletic director Allen Greene, according to the report from the Free Press. 

Haller played football at Michigan State under former head coach George Perles from 1988 to 1991 and earned a degree in criminal justice.

He previously worked for the Michigan State Police Department before joining the university’s athletic staff in 2010. Haller was promoted to deputy athletic director in 2019 to serve as Beekman’s second-in-command. 

Haller was involved in both of the last two head coaching searches for football and was involved in hiring both former Head Coach Mark Dantonio and Head Coach Mel Tucker, according to his Spartan website. Haller has been involved in every aspect of the athletic department since joining 11 years ago, from hiring to fundraising to working directly with MSU administration. 

Beekman became MSU’s interim athletic director in February 2018 after former athletic director Mark Hollis resigned. Beekman took over on a permanent basis in July of that year and was responsible for a number of coaching hires in his short stint as the athletic director, including Tucker.

Beekman stepped into the role after serving as the Vice President and Secretary of the Board of Trustees while Hollis was the Athletic Director. Beekman stepped in to fill the role after Hollis resigned over the university’s handling of the Larry Nassar scandal. 

Haller is expected to start the role next week, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Michigan State University declined to comment.

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