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President's Athletic Commission Appointed

Monday, Jun. 3, 2013
President's Athletic Commission Appointed

As part of the University’s strategic planning process, I recently appointed a 12-member task force to review the role of Santa Clara’s intercollegiate athletic program in advancing the mission and vision of the University. The President’s Athletic Commission will consider a series of questions such as: To what extent can an enhanced and improved intercollegiate athletic program significantly increase SCU’s national (and local) reputation as a leading Jesuit, Catholic University? And what resources would be necessary to do so?  In their deliberations around these and other questions, the commission will also consult with other advisory groups and University departments, and work with an outside consultant, Todd Turner.  The Department of Athletics and Recreation and other units will provide the commission with relevant data, targeted input, and other pertinent information. John Ottoboni ‘69 (University Legal Counsel) will staff the commission.

University trustee John M. Sobrato ‘83, is chairing the commission, which includes members Penny Alexander ‘82 (Regent), Michael Crowley (President, Oakland A’s), Patti Ernstrom (San Jose Sports Authority), Caren Horstmeyer ‘84 , Brent Jones ’85, Mary Mathews-Stevens ‘84 (Trustee), Gary Neustadter, (Faculty member and chair of the SCU Athletic Advisory Board), Marc Rebboah ‘81 , (Regent), Kristi Saso (SCU parent), Andy Schatzman, ‘83  (president, Bronco Bench Foundation), and Maria Nash Vaughn ‘86 (Regent). They will hold their first meeting on June 17 and will submit a final report with recommendations to me by December 15, 2013. I thank the members of the commission for agreeing to serve the University in this capacity, and I look forward to their report and recommended next steps.

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