Following the investigation and subsequent resignation of former Athletic Director Glenn Hofmann in late August, Senior Associate Athletic Director Dean O’Keefe has held the top post in the Athletic Department as interim athletic director. Now ready to fill the position permanently, the college has posted on its Employment Opportunities website the position of Director Athletics.
The Athletic Department, which has added many teams in the last three years like track, swimming, golf, crew and women’s hockey, is aspiring to make moves to Division I.
The department, which has not only faced an investigation of its former athletic director, was also investigated by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights for Title IX infractions. Title IX provides and protects gender equality. Following the investigation, the college has increased funding and programs for women athletes.
According to Merrimack, the new AD will report to the vice president of administration. Alexa Abowitz, the college’s chief attorney, serves as the vice president of administration. She oversees athletics, physical plant, police services, and many other administrative services departments.
The position description calls for a candidate that “will be responsible for fundraising, building a culture of respect, transparency, and cooperation, and providing guidance and direction for the College’s athletics programs.”
Among specific responsibilities for the position are to develop and execute a strategic plan for conference re-alignment and a move to Division I. Other duties are to create and capitalize upon fundraising opportunities, support a culture of compliance and accountability, strengthen alumni, community and conference engagement and recruit, supervise and mentor coaches and other staff.