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Watch now: Illinois State announces search for new director of athletics

Illinois State University President Larry Dietz, left, listens to ISU Athletic Director Larry Lyons announce his retirement during a meeting Oct. 1 in Dietz's office in Hovey Hall.

NORMAL – Illinois State expects to have a new director of athletics hired by early 2021.

ISU announced its executive search firm and its search committee to fill the position on Wednesday.

Current director of athletics Larry Lyons announced on Oct. 1 he will retire near the end of the calendar year. An ISU administrator for 33 years, Lyons has held the director of athletics job since May of 2013.