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Oberlin College Names Director of Athletics

Apr 28, 2011

OBERLIN, OHIO—William Roth has been named the Delta Lodge Director of Athletics at Oberlin College. Roth comes to Oberlin from the University of Pennsylvania, where he has served as the associate director of athletics since 2007. “I am immensely excited about the opportunity to join the Oberlin community,” says Roth. “Oberlin is among the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, and possesses a well-earned reputation of creating dynamic graduates who are thoughtful and committed to excellence in all they do.

“Athletics is a powerful co-curricular activity that can bring tremendous educational value to its participants,” says Roth. “Oberlin seems eager to have its athletics efforts be a robust vehicle for enriching the student experience, extending competitive opportunities, and developing a lifelong appreciation of the importance of personal health and wellness. Few colleges seek to have athletics address such a comprehensive approach, but at Oberlin this aspiration is palpable and has inspired me to want to take part.”

At Pennsylvania, Roth was a member of the athletics director’s senior management team. He was the primary sports administrator for nine varsity programs, including men’s and women’s cross country, track and field, and sprint football. Roth also served as the senior administrator involved with the Penn Relays, the nation’s oldest and largest track and field competition.

"We are excited to welcome William Roth as the new leader of Oberlin College athletics," says President Marvin Krislov. "Mr. Roth’s experience, energy, and ideas will build on the momentum and success our varsity and club teams are experiencing. He is a staunch advocate of health and wellness programs and is deeply committed to helping our student-athletes achieve excellence in the classroom and in sports."

From 2004 to 2006, Roth was the executive director of development at Goucher College, where he coordinated development aspects of the college’s $80 million campaign. He also worked closely with the director of athletics on strategic planning and led fundraising efforts of the newly established Blue and Gold Society.

The search committee, which was chaired by Associate Dean of the College of Arts Sciences Heather Hogan, selected Roth after a national search that produced many highly qualified candidates. “What stands out about William Roth is his deeply thoughtful approach to the role of athletics within an elite liberal arts college,” says Hogan. “Roth is articulate, hard working, and will set high expectations for the department. We believe he will be a powerful and effective advocate for athletics, physical education, and wellness across Oberlin’s many diverse communities.”

A graduate of Swarthmore College, Roth was captain of the track and field team his senior season and was a four-time All-Centennial Conference award recipient. He was also a member of the Garnet soccer team. Roth holds a United States of America Track and Field Level 1 Coaching Certificate. He served as an assistant track and field and cross country coach at the University of Virginia from 1993 to 1996 and at Tulane University from 1996 to 2000. He holds the title of adjunct assistant professor of sports management at Drexel University, where he teaches an undergraduate course on the principles of athletics fundraising.

Roth succeeds Joe Karlgaard, who stepped down to take a position at Stanford University as the associate director of athletics for development. His appointment takes effect July 1, 2011. In addition to Hogan, the search committee included Professor of English Scott McMillin, Professor of Conducting Tim Weiss, Visiting Professor of Dance Deborah Vogel, Director of Parent and Family Giving Vicki Stouffer, Director of Financial Aid Rob Reddy, ESPN Correspondent George Smith ’87, and seniors Anna Frackman and Solomon Turner. Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Ray Appenheimer and Associate Director of Athletics for Development & Alumni Affairs Natalie Winkelfoos served as co-interim director of athletics during the search process.

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