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Warde Manuel named new AD — follows release of Corrigan Report
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Warde Manuel named new AD — follows release of Corrigan Report

    Warde J. Manuel

Looking to the University of Michigan and the Big Ten for new leadership for its intercollegiate athletics program, UB has named Warde J. Manuel, an associate athletic director who oversaw the football and men’s basketball programs at Michigan, as the director of its Division of Athletics.

A Michigan alumnus whose degrees include an MBA from its Ross School of Business, Manuel earned letters as a defensive tackle playing football under legendary coach Bo Schembechler, the “winningest” football coach in Michigan history. Manuel’s appointment came just eight weeks after former NCAA President Gene Corrigan issued a report commissioned by UB President John B. Simpson that identified the hiring of an athletics director as a key factor to UB’s athletic teams being successful in the Mid-American Conference (MAC).

“Building a high-quality, highly competitive athletics program is integral to our success and progress as a leading university community,” Simpson said at a June press conference announcing release of Corrigan’s report, adding that “UB is firmly committed to Division I-A football, and we are equally committed to building a winning program in the Mid-American Conference.” (To read an executive summary of the Corrigan report, go to www.buffalo.edu/UBT/corrigan.)

Manuel said Simpson’s “commitment to the combination of academic and athletic excellence” was the major factor in his accepting the position at UB. He added, “I am looking forward to establishing Buffalo as a very competitive university within the MAC and nationally. It is a tremendous institution with the capability to reach great heights both within and outside the Mid-American Conference.”

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