Weems is the new AD
Friday, March 16, 2012
St. Cloud State's new athletic director Heather Weems today called for a renewed commitment to the student experience, to campus-community collaboration and to sharing stories of student-athlete success.
"Our athletics and recreation programs have incredible capacity to build community on campus," said Weems. "And, our students want that visceral tie."
In July, Weems will replace the retiring Morris Kurtz, who has served the university since 1984.
Weems, 37, was named to the post at a March 16 news conference in the university's Welcome Center at Coborn Plaza. View UTVS video of the news conference.
"Her extensive experience with strategic planning and relationship-building and her commitment to the student-athlete experience are exemplary. That experience will help her shape an integrated athletic and recreational vision and strategic plan that fulfills the university’s mission," said President Earl H. Potter III.
"Within the walls of our facilities, our student-athletes and coaches are striving for excellence in the classroom and on the fields of play. They are developing leadership skills and serving others through volunteer activities," Weems said. "They do this not for big paychecks or celebrity status, rather for the love of their school, their teammates and their sport."
"In these walls are stories worth being told," she said. "Communication is our responsibility."
Said Weems: "Whether lacing skates, shoes or cleats, enjoying a backpacking trip through outdoor education, or cheering the Huskies on to victory in Halenbeck Hall, the memories established last a lifetime."
Weems will assume a greatly expanded athletics director role. The Sports Facilities and Campus Recreation staff and budget will be part of Husky Athletics. Sports Facilities and Campus Recreation manages recreational and intercollegiate venues, supports recreation activities and delivers outdoor and experiential education.
"The opportunities are endless on the south side of campus," said Weems.
Weems leaves the associate athletics director/senior woman administrator position at Drake University, Des Moines. At Drake, a Division I private institution, she has been responsible for internal affairs and oversight in NCAA compliance, academic success services, sports medicine, strength and conditioning, as well as sport program supervision.
Previously, Weems was associate athletics director at the University of Denver for seven years, first involved in internal operations and then with student services and compliance. Weems was on the senior staff at Denver when it transitioned from NCAA Division II to Division I.
At both institutions, she has been involved in strategic planning and developed and implemented student success programs.
A native of Adel, Iowa, Weems holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree from the University of Denver.