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UW-River Falls names Lanning interim athletic director

UW-River Falls Assistant Athletic Director Crystal Lanning (center) stands on the sidelines during a pre-season football scrimmage Aug. 31, 2013. (UWRF File photo by Kathy M Helgeson.)

UW-River Falls has named Crystal Lanning the new athletic director, serving in an interim capacity for the next two years. Lanning will start July 1, taking over the role from Roger Ternes, who recently announced his resignation effective June 30.

Lanning has been the assistant commissioner for membership services with the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference since July 1, 2015, but had previously worked with Falcon Athletics. She began at UWRF in 2004 as an assistant athletic trainer and an instructor in the Health and Human Performance Department. In 2009, Lanning was named the department's senior women's administrator and assistant athletic director. She was named associate athletic director in 2014.

“We are pleased that Crystal has agreed to bring her talents back to the UW-River Falls Athletics Department, where she has already contributed so much,” said Chancellor Dean Van Galen. “Her commitment to our student-athletes and her dedication to the UWRF mission were well known and she will have the advantage of already having strong relationships with staff and coaches. We look forward to welcoming her back to the Falcon family.”

See more in the June 9 print edition of the River Falls Journal.