Central Michigan University

Amy Folan
Director of Athletics

Amy Folan

Amy Folan was appointed Zyzelewski Family Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics by Central Michigan University President Bob Davies in September, 2020.

Folan brought to CMU extensive experience in collegiate athletics, with special focus on fundraising and compliance. In her role as associate vice president/director of athletics, Folan is responsible for providing strong leadership, administration and overall coordination of a comprehensive Division I intercollegiate program and reports directly to the university president.

Prior to her arrival at CMU, Folan served for 17 years at the University of Texas at Austin. From 2012-20, she was the university’s executive senior associate athletics director, overseeing the Longhorn Foundation, the fundraising arm of Texas Athletics, and the Texas Athletics ticket office. In addition, she supported the athletics director with special projects and strategic initiatives, including various daily business operations.

Under Folan’s leadership, the Longhorn Foundation recorded six of the most successful fundraising years in its history. In 2019, the foundation boasted its largest membership and annual fund total since its inception, with a total production of $116.5 million.

Folan joined Texas Athletics in 2002 as the assistant athletics director for compliance. She subsequently served as associate athletics director for compliance and sports programs and as the associate athletics director for administration and sports programs.

Prior to joining Texas, Folan held roles with the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the University of Georgia.

A former president and board member of the National Association of Athletics Compliance, Folan also served as a member of the Fellows Program of the Division 1A Athletics Directors Association and currently serves on the executive committee of the Sports Management Institute.

Folan holds a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences from the University of Connecticut, where she earned four letters as a member of the women’s soccer team. She earned a master’s degree in sport management from Georgia.

Folan and her husband, Joseph, have two children, Anelio and Giada.