•October 7, 2015•
By Nick Fiala
Reporting in Sullivan
The Sullivan Rotary Club, located at TNT’s, was recently visited by Eastern Illinois University’s sophomore athletic director Tom Michael.
Michael explained how he has approached his new responsibilities based on his roots and personal values.
“I grew up in southern Illinois, 12 miles east of Carlyle.” Michael said. “Those small town values I think are important.The work ethic and the dedication, the respect, the trust, the integrity, and loyalty were certainly formed back then. It’s been an extremely rewarding first year.”
As a former student athlete and now a father of them, Michael’s relatively new position has not only challenged him but allowed him to work at an occupation that fuels his own personal passions and concerns.
“Being able to lead a group of individuals with energy and enthusiasm and passion: that’s what I really enjoy coming to work everyday and doing. I love what I’m doing because I know I’m making an impact on those student athletes.”
At the center of Michael’s leadership style is consistent integrity. Read More