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Marilyn Skrivseth to Leave Athletic Director
And Kinesiology Chair Positions
MAILED: Feb. 26, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — Marilyn Skrivseth has asked to be reassigned from her positions as athletic director and chair of the kinesiology department at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire when the fiscal year ends June 30. She will remain on the kinesiology faculty as an associate professor.
"Marilyn has done a fabulous job with athletics and with kinesiology," said Steve Tallant, associate vice chancellor of academic affairs. "Under her leadership, UW-Eau Claire has one of the best Division III athletic programs in the country and an outstanding kinesiology program."
Skrivseth said she requested reassignment because the jobs of department chair and director of men's and women's athletics has become too much for one person.
"I enjoy both academics and athletics - the people are wonderful," Skrivseth said. "But the job has simply gotten too big for one person. And doing both jobs is not in the best interest of both departments nor is it something I want to continue."
University administrators and the kinesiology department's faculty are evaluating the position's structure and responsibilities, Tallant said, adding that he hopes to have a plan in place for filling the position or positions sometime this spring.
"We want to ensure that we have a structure that allows us to have strong leadership in both an outstanding academic department and an outstanding athletic program," Tallant said of the university's review of the position.
Skrivseth came to UW-Eau Claire in 1979 as a physical education instructor, head women's tennis coach and assistant women's track and field coach. She became director of women's athletics in 1985. In 1996, the women's and men's athletic programs were combined, and Skrivseth was named director of UW-Eau Claire's 22-sport intercollegiate athletics program and chair of the kinesiology department.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Feb. 26, 2002