The University of Hartford has formed a search committee and hired an executive search firm that specializes in collegiate athletic searches, as it begins the national search for a successor to Athletics Director Patricia Meiser.
Meiser recently announced her intention to retire effective July 31, 2014.
The University hopes to complete the search before the conclusion of the spring semester (in mid-May), said President Walter Harrison.
"Our goal is to find the very best person in the country to continue the outstanding work of Pat Meiser in building our athletics programs," Harrison said. "I believe we present an outstanding opportunity for the right person to continue to build a model small university Division I athletic program."
Parker Executive Search of Atlanta, Ga., has been retained to assist the University in the search.
The search committee will be co-chaired by Thomas Dorer, vice president, general counsel, and secretary of the University; and Susan Fitzgerald, senior advisor to the president. Other members include: Kathy Behrens '85, University regent and executive vice president, Social Responsibility & Player Programs, National Basketball Association; Catherine Certo, department chair of Rehabilitation Sciences, ENHP, and faculty athletic representative; Joe Coughlin '80, University regent and CEO of Corporate Risk Solutions, LLC; James Fuller, associate professor of architecture and chair of the Faculty Senate; Susan Harris, University regent and president of Amish Artisans, Inc.; Christine Pina, vice president of institutional advancement; Haley Rice '15, a track and field student-athlete; Jennifer Rizzotti, head women's basketball coach; and Bilal Sekou, associate professor of political science, Hillyer College.
"I am very proud of our athletic department and look forward to finding a new leader to help us all achieve a bright future built on our rich and enduring past," Harrison said.