NIU, AD Frazier agree to extension

AD Sean Frazier signed on to stay at NIU until June 2026, NIU Athletics announced Thursday


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Athletics Director Sean Frazier was a key person in the Illinois NIL bill discussions, as the athletic director of one of the three FBS universities in Illinois. 

By James Krause

DeKALB — NIU and Athletic Director Sean Frazier have agreed to a contract extension that would keep Frazier on through June 30, 2026, according to a Thursday NIU Athletics news release.

Along with him continuing his athletic director duties, the Thursday NIU Athletics release stated the university intends to promote Frazier to Vice President and Director of Athletics and Recreation.

The contract was agreed upon on Sept. 10. Frazier also receives a raise to his base, according to a Memorandum of Understanding available on NIU’s website.

“The work never ends, and we will continue to strive to take NIU Athletics to new heights,” Frazier said in the NIU Athletics news release Thursday. “As we finalize this process, I want to thank President Freeman and members of the Board of Trustees for their continued trust and opportunity to serve NIU and its students, and to lead a tremendous group of coaches and staff who work extremely hard on a daily basis to move this department forward.”

NIU has amassed 10 Mid-American Conference championships across all sports during Frazier’s tenure, a school-record for an athletic director. Additionally, all NIU teams have met the Academic Progress Rate each year of Frazier’s tenure.

NIU President Lisa Freeman said in an NIU Athletics release Thursday that Frazier impacts the university well beyond the athletic department.

“Sean’s impact on NIU extends well beyond the realm of intercollegiate athletics as he is nationally recognized as a leader in the areas of diversity and inclusion,” Freeman said. “I’m excited to see NIU Athletics, as well as the other units under Sean’s direction, continue to grow and thrive.”