He succeeds Dr. Wayne Edwards who is retiring at the end of June after 11 years at Towson. The appointment becomes effective July 1.
"Towson University is focused on its future, and a very competitive athletic program is a big part of that future," Towson University President Dr. Robert L. Caret said in a release. "I know that Mike Hermann has the background, skills and vision to build on what we have accomplished and help make that future a reality."
At Towson, Hermann will oversee a Division I athletics program with 19 sports and a 100-member staff. He'll be at the helm when the Tigers begin their sixth year in the Colonial Athletic Association and their third season in the Atlantic 10 Football Conference.
At Niagara, Herman oversaw a $1.3 million renovation to the Gallagher Center, the school's home for basketball since 1949. In 2004-05, two Niagara teams won NCAA berths, a first for the athletic program. The men's basketball team reached the NCAA tournament for the second time in its history by capturing the MAAC title, and the women's tennis team captured its second MAAC title to earn an NCAA berth.
Hermann came to Niagara after five years at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was the associate director of athletics. Before joining Xavier, Hermann spent four years in Indianapolis as assistant commissioner at the Midwestern Collegiate Conference.
A 1982 graduate of John Carroll University, Hermann received his bachelor's degree in communications and earned his master's degree in journalism at Kent State University in 1989. Hermann and his wife, Paula, are the parents of two sons, Alex and Andrew.
Originally published March 7, 2006, 2:24 PM EST