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Campus Recreation to join Student Affairs Aug. 1

Move is part of new academic restructuring plan

Ohio University Campus Recreation will become part of the Division of Student Affairs on Aug. 1.

The move is part of an academic restructuring plan announced by Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit in December. The changes led to the abolishment of the College of Health and Human Services and the creation of the College of Health Sciences and Professions in its place.

"This change provided the opportunity to determine where Campus Recreation would best fit within the university structure," said Vice President for Student Affairs Kent Smith.

In a letter announcing the decision, Smith said "the similarity of our missions and our shared focus on providing outstanding programs and services to students were among the factors considered in making this decision."     

Campus Recreation consists of the Aquatic Center, Bird Arena, Golf Driving Range, Fitness, Golf Course, Intramural and Club Sports, Outdoor Pursuits, Ping Center and the Tennis Center. Its mission is to provide a learning-centered environment that promotes the growth of all students through involvement in the operation and/or use of recreational facilities and programs.

Campus Recreation employs 12 full-time administrators, three classified employees, 13 graduate students and about 500 student employees. Because of the change, Assistant Dean for Campus Recreation Doug Franklin will join the Dean of Students management team directed by Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Ryan Lombardi.