Skrivseth leaving athletic positions
In the midst of her sixth year as athletic director, Marilyn Skrivseth has asked for re-assignment from her position as both athletic director and chair of the kinesiology department.
“I do enjoy all that I do,” Skrivseth said. “The time has come, and the job has grown too large for one person, at least this one person, to do.”
Skrivseth became director of women’s athletics in 1985, and when the men’s and women’s athletic programs were combined in 1996, Skrivseth was named athletic director.
“I have really appreciated her perspectives on student athletes,” said Lisa Herb, volleyball coach and assistant professor of kinesiology. “She has a great sense of how important athletics are to student athletes.”
Skrivseth said that since the positions of athletic director and kinesiology department chair are combined, she could not choose to give up one job to lighten her load.
Skrivseth will remain in her positions until the end of the fiscal year on June 30.
She said that it is now up to the governance structures to decide who will be her successor.
“It’s too early to tell what role I’ll be playing in the department or in athletics in the future,” Skrivseth said. “The decision is left up to the athletic people, the teaching faculty and other administrators.”
Herb said the athletic coaches and the kinesiology faculty have met several times to discuss the structure of the kinesiology department.
“In my time here we’ve also had the athletic director separate from the kinesiology chair,” Herb said.
“At the time Marilyn was hired, (having the positions together) was the best solution.”
There have been no decisions made by the athletics and the kinesiology department regarding Skrivseth’s positions, Herb said.
Skrivseth said the group will come together and decide if there will be any redistributing of duties throughout the department.
“I want to help meet the needs of the department in the future,” Skrivseth said.