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Aug. 22, 2002
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OSWEGO -- In a move intended to integrate athletics more fully into the life of the SUNY Oswego campus and student body, President Deborah F. Stanley has shifted the college's intercollegiate athletics program from the Division of Academic Affairs to the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment.
An interim athletic director will be named in the next couple of weeks, and then a search for a permanent director will be organized, the president said. Dean of Students James Scharfenberger, a longstanding member of the Intercollegiate Athletics Board, is handling athletic director responsibilities in the meantime.
"The organizational model that positions athletics in the Student Affairs Division is a common one among our peer institutions," Stanley said in a notice to the campus community, "and we anticipate a number of benefits from this reorganization."
Among them, she cited greater visibility for athletics on campus, increased attendance at games and enhanced opportunities for financial support and facilities development for the athletics program.
"Our goal is that athletics can be a part of every student's college experience, helping students to bond with the campus community when they arrive and to maintain an affiliation long after they have graduated," she said.
Under the new organization, the health and physical education department will continue as part of the School of Education in the Division of Academic Affairs.
Dean of Education Linda Rae Markert said Dr. Sandra Moore, department chair, will work on sharpening the department's focus on health promotion and wellness. Moore, who has been Oswego's athletics director for 10 years, will assume duties as acting assistant dean of education this semester as well, Markert said.
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