Hood named Senior Associate Athletics Director for Capital Projects and Facility Operations
July 23, 2014
University of Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas announced on Wednesday that Warren Hood has been named senior associate athletics director for capital projects and facility operations. A member of the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics' (DIA) senior management team, Hood will assume many of the duties previously held by Tom Michael, who was recently named athletics director at Eastern Illinois University.
Hood joined the Illinois athletics department full time in 1990. He was named associate athletics director for external operations in 1999 and was promoted to senior associate athletics director in 2012. In addition to his duties overseeing and coordinating all external departments within DIA, Hood also developed and directed the strategic plan for the $123 million renovation of Memorial Stadium from 2004-08.
"Warren will make a seamless transition to this role and will do an excellent job overseeing State Farm Center renovations," Thomas said. "He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in projects of this magnitude, having served as the point person on the successful Memorial Stadium Renaissance. Warren has fostered important relationships with our campus administration and he brings familiarity to the job, having previously assisted Tom Michael on the State Farm Center project to this point."
"This scope of this position goes well beyond State Farm Center renovations," Thomas added. "We are currently involved in master planning for all of our athletics facilities, and Warren will play an integral role in capital projects such as further renovations to Memorial Stadium and the creation and expansion of Olympic sport venues."
With his newly assumed duties, Hood moves on from his 15-year tenure overseeing the DIA's external relations units. Thomas will look to fill that position in the near future.
"I've enjoyed working with Tom Michael on the State Farm Center renovation project. He has done an outstanding job leading the construction process, so I'm taking over a project that is already in great shape," Hood said. "I'm excited about this next chapter in my career and helping transform State Farm Center into the best collegiate basketball arena in the country. I have great passion for the University of Illinois, growing up in the Champaign-Urbana community and earning bachelor's and master's degrees here. We are well positioned for the future under Mike Thomas' leadership, and it will be rewarding to contribute to the upcoming facilities projects that will change the landscape for Fighting Illini athletics."
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