Alan Haller named finalist for Central Michigan AD position


Nathan Stearns, Football Beat Reporter

EAST LANSING – Alan Haller’s time in East Lansing may be coming to an end very shortly. 

Haller, the current deputy athletic director for MSU and former NFL player, was named as one of three finalists for the Central Michigan athletic director position on Sept. 14. The position was vacated by Michael Alford, who left Central Michigan to become the CEO of Seminole Boosters in mid-July.

Haller was officially promoted to deputy athletic director in 2019. Prior to this role, he was the senior associate athletic director and chief of staff for Michigan State. 

Before serving in the athletic department, Haller served as a First Lieutenant with the Michigan State police force for 13 years. As part of his role, he oversaw the Uniform Division, which is the largest component of the MSU police department.

Haller also had considerable success on the gridiron as a cornerback under George Perles from 1988-91. He earned All Big-Ten honorable mention honors during his junior and senior seasons and was subsequently drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round of the 1992 NFL Draft. Haller played for the Cleveland Browns in 1992, the Steelers during the 1992-93 season and the Carolina Panthers during their inaugural 1995 season. 

Haller went to Lansing Sexton High School (Lansing, Mich.) and graduated from Michigan State with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. 

The other finalists for the CMU athletic director positions are Amy Folan, the executive senior associate athletic director for the University of Texas and Derek Van der Merwe, the assistant vice president, COO and CFO for the University of Arizona.

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