MADISON, Wis. —
Northern Illinois hired Wisconsin deputy athletic director Sean Frazier on Tuesday to be its new athletic director.
Frazier replaces Jeff Compher, who left to take the athletic director's job at East Carolina.
Frazier, who has been at Wisconsin since 2007, was also a finalist to become Rutgers athletic director before the school hired Julie Hermann.
Northern Illinois, located in DeKalb, Ill., is coming off the most successful football season in school history. The Huskies went 12-2, won the Mid-American Conference championship and became the first MAC team to reach the BCS. Northern Illinois lost the Orange Bowl 31-10 to Florida State.
Frazier was hired by Wisconsin as an associate athletic director after a being the AD at Merrimack College in Andover, Mass.
He rose to senior associate athletic director for operations under Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez. In 2011, he was promoted to deputy athletic director and placed in charge of day-to-day operations of the department.