Former NMU Athletic Director Ken Godfrey dies

Apr 18, 2013

From the NMU News Bureau: 

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Ken Godfrey, Northern Michigan University’s Athletic Director from 2003 to 2011, passed away Wednesday (April 17) night following a long battle with cancer and suffering from a graft-versus-hosts disease from his bone marrow transplant. He was 64.

Ken Godfrey

The funeral arrangements are being handled by Canale Tonella Funeral Home and will be available soon at

"It is never easy to say goodbye to a Northern Michigan University colleague,” NMU President David Haynes said. “Through his three decades of service to the university, Ken Godfrey impacted the lives of many people, especially NMU student-athletes and coaches, and made a significant mark on NMU Athletics and Recreational Sports. He bled green and gold and was a great Wildcat. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ken's family at this time."

A native of Maywood, Ill., Godfrey, was recently inducted into the NMU Sports Hall of Fame after working over 32 years in various roles in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports. He started as a graduate assistant in 1978 and was the Athletic Director/Special Assistant to the President through May 2011.

Director of Athletics, Forrest Karr said, “Every decision Ken made during 32 years working for the university focused on what was best for students, student-athletes and student-employees. His passion for NMU was second to none and he made our community a better place to live, study and work.”