WHEATON, Ill. -- Julie Davis has been named as the athletics director at Wheaton (Ill.). The announcement was made on Thursday by Dr. Paul Chelsen, vice president for student development. Davis replaces Dr. Tony Ladd who announced his retirement as athletics director in May. Ladd has served in that role since 1983.

Davis’ appointment as athletics director comes after serving in a variety of roles in the Wheaton athletics department since joining the staff in 2003-04. She most recently served as associate athletics director.

“Julie Davis is a clear thinker and dynamic leader who understands the role that athletics should play in the Christian life," Wheaton President Dr. Philip Ryken said. "Her competitive spirit, personal integrity, and understanding of the mission of Wheaton College will strengthen the work of our coaches and promote the total success of our student-athletes.”

Davis is a 1991 graduate of Wheaton with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She was a member of the women’s basketball program for three seasons and is among the top-10 on Wheaton’s all-time points per game list and also on the team's all-time assists list.

“At the conclusion of the national search process for the next athletics director at Wheaton College, it was clear to me that Julie Davis was the best candidate,” Chelsen says. “Julie is passionate about the College’s commitment to Christ-centered liberal arts learning as well as the role of athletics in shaping whole and effective servants for Christ through relationships, training, and competition. She brings strong administrative leadership gifts in combination with a collaborative management approach that will help her guide the athletics department in the years to come.”

Davis is the fifth person to serve as Wheaton’s Athletics Director and the first woman appointed to the role. She follows previous athletics directors: Ed Coray; Harvey Chrouser; Dr. Jack Swartz; and Ladd. Davis will oversee a nationally competitive NCAA Division III program that sponsors 22-intercollegiate sports.

“I am humbled and grateful to be given the opportunity to work with such outstanding coaches who love the Lord and serve our students with a strong passion and commitment,” Davis says. “I benefitted as a student-athlete myself from the impact of Wheaton coaches. I look forward to strengthening the work that our coaches do in the lives of our student-athletes for Christ and His Kingdom through competitive excellence.”