Western Michigan University

Dan Bartholomae
Director of Athletics

Dan Bartholomae

Dan Bartholomae, Oregon State University’s executive deputy athletic director and chief operating officer, takes over the reins of Bronco Athletics, pending approval from the Board of Trustees. He succeeds longtime Athletic Director Kathy Beauregard, who retired at the end of 2021 following a four-decade career at WMU, including 24 years heading up the division.

As WMU’s new AD, Bartholomae (pronounced bar-THAW-lo-MAY) will be responsible for the administration of a comprehensive NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision Intercollegiate Athletic program, reporting directly to the president and serving as a member of the president’s cabinet.

Bartholomae, first at an Atlantic Coast Conference school and then in the Pac-12, has extensive experience in college sports administration, including managing and hiring head coaches at the Division I level, as well as leadership in athletic department strategic planning, fundraising and capital projects.

He joined the Oregon State University (OSU) Beavers as deputy athletic director supervising capital projects and internal operations in 2017. He was promoted in 2019 to executive deputy athletic director and chief operating officer. At OSU, Bartholomae served as a lead in the Completing Reser Stadium project—setting a strategic vision, meeting with lead and foundational donors and engaging in civic partnerships to fund a $153 million stadium renovation through a fundraising campaign, public/private partnerships and revenue bonding.

Prior to his tenure with Oregon State, the Pittsburgh native served in numerous leadership roles in University of Pittsburgh athletics, beginning in 2002 as a compliance and game operations assistant and rising steadily through the ranks until concluding his 15-year stint with Pitt as the deputy athletic director responsible for internal affairs.

Bartholomae through his career developed a track record of collaborating with athletic department staff, university administration, faculty, alumni and donors on detailed and measurable strategic planning in areas of athletic excellence, student-athlete development, revenue generation, community engagement, facility development and diversity and inclusion. He represented OSU and Pitt on committees and working groups with the NCAA, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, the Pac-12 and ACC.

Bartholomae holds a Bachelor of Science degree in policy analysis and public affairs from Indiana University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He and his wife, Lauren, have two children, Dylan and Lily.