Dean Ehlers


Dean EhlersPrior to the 1970s, Madison was known as a women's college. JMU's transformation into a respected, regional, codeducational university was remarkable and fast — and athletics played a signficant role in the change. Steering sports programs from 1971 to his retirement 22 years later, Dean Ehlers, the university's first full-time director of athletics, led the meteoric rise from a small college athletics program to a nationally recognized Division I program. With leadership universally know for integrity, he helped finesse a new Madison reputation, enabling a change that many said was impossible. History, though, testifies to his essential and important role in creating the new perception of Madison.

"Dean of Madison Athletics"

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Published: Thursday, August 28, 2014

Last Updated: Thursday, November 2, 2023

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