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      Ken Godfrey to step down as NMU Athletics Director

      (Courtesy of NMU Athletics) Ken Godfrey, Northern Michigan Universityâ??s special assistant to the president/athletic director, is stepping down from the athletic director portion of his position.

      Godfrey, who came to NMU in 1979 and has been the Wildcat AD since June 2003, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in the fall of 2010 and has been on medical leave since that time.

      A search for a new athletic director is now under way. The tentative timeline is to have a new AD announced by May 1 with a start date soon after.

      â??My hope is to return to NMU when I am once again healthy, but not as AD. It is in the best interest of the department and the university at this time to get a permanent athletic director in place who can continue to move Wildcat athletics forward,â?? stated Godfrey.