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MACOMB — Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas announced Danielle Surprenant, senior associate athletic director for internal operations and senior woman administrator, as the Leathernecks' interim director of athletics, effective Monday.

Surprenant replaces Matt Tanney, who accepted a position at Wabash College. A national search will be held, according to a release from the school Thursday.

Surprenant has served as senior associate athletic director for internal operations and senior woman administrator since April. She oversaw some sports, budget operations, compliance, academic services, equipment services and human resources/personnel management in that role.

"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," Thomas said in a statement. "We look forward to working with Danielle as the interim athletic director, and we wish Matt Tanney well in his new position at Wabash."

Prior to joining Western Illinois, Surprenant worked for seven years at Quincy University as the associate athletic director for compliance and internal operations and senior woman administrator. She worked with the daily operations for the 19-sport NCAA Division II program (more than 450 student-athletes), with oversight of men's and women's basketball, softball, women's swimming, men's and women's volleyball, athletic training, cheer and dance. She joined the Hawks as assistant athletic director in 2005, and was promoted to the associate position in 2015.

Western Illinois sponsors 19 sports, including men's and women's soccer and women's tennis. The Leathernecks compete in the Summit League in all sports but football, where they play in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

Surprenant also worked for one year at Stony Brook University as an academic adviser and in student-athlete development. While at SBU she worked with eight sports and more than 250 student-athletes. Surprenant helped create and plan CHAMPS/Life Skills programs and co-advised the student-athlete advisory committee.

A 2007 graduate of Saint Francis (Pennsylvania), she earned her bachelor's degree in marketing and management. She earned her master's degree from Indiana State in 2009.

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Todd Hefferman has covered SIU athletics since 2008. A University of Iowa grad, he is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and a Heisman Trophy voter.

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