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Athletics Director moves to new business development role

Posted by kevinc on Aug 21st, 2014 and filed under Briefs. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Robert Hilson will be leaving the office of Director of Athletics next month to take on a new assignment as the University’s inaugural Director of Business Development and Partnerships.

Tom Arkell, Associate Vice-President of University Services, said the new position will focus on advancing sponsorships and new business development, as well as marketing the wide range services and facilities within the University Services division. University Services operates such units as Dining Services, Residences, Parking Services, Conference & Event Services, Printing & Digital Services, Youth University and Athletics & Recreation.

“Universities are moving in this direction, looking to generate more revenue from their existing assets,” said Arkell, “and Robert is well positioned to help get us to the next level in that respect.”

Hilson joined Brock as Director of Athletics in 2011. During his tenure he developed the department’s first strategic plan, significantly grew revenue and oversaw five national varsity athletics championships (second in Ontario).

Chris Critelli will serve as Interim Director of Athletics while a search is conducted for a full-time replacement. Critelli, currently Assistant Director of Athletics, is a former Canadian Olympian basketball player and a familiar figure at Brock, having served as a coach and administrator in Athletics for 32 years.

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