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Harwood-Rom takes University role

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Harwood-Rom takes University role

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Academic Development and Achievement Melissa Harwood-Rom has been named as the senior associate dean of students in the University of Arkansas’ Division of Student Affairs. Harwood-Rom, who has been with the University of Arkansas in various positions supporting students since 1989, will begin her new role at the end of November. “We are grateful for Melissa’s more than 20 years of service to Razorback student-athletes,” said Jeff Long, vice chancellor and director of athletics. “She first served our women’s program before taking on the challenge of combining academic support services for a combined program of more than 460 student-athletes. I appreciate her embracing that challenge and helping establish a program committed to advancing student-athletes toward graduation. I am pleased that students at the University of Arkansas will continue to benefit from her leadership as she assumes her new role on campus.” In her role as senior associate dean of students, Harwood-Rom will report directly to Danny Pugh, the vice provost for student affairs and dean of students. She will have direct supervisory responsibility over two associate deans of students who are in charge of the areas of campus and student life. She will also lead the division’s professional development committee to enhance staff training, continuing education and motivation. “I am grateful for the more than 20 years I have spent in intercollegiate athletics at the University of Arkansas working alongside many outstanding administrators, coaches and staff members,” Harwood-Rom said. “I appreciate the opportunities afforded me first in the women’s athletic department by Bev Lewis and later in a combined program under Jeff Long. I am proud of the truly extraordinary Razorback student-athletes who have earned many academic accomplishments on the way to their degrees. I am confident that Razorback student-athletes will continue to achieve academically thanks to the support of the hard working and dedicated members of the academic achievement staff. I look forward to continuing to work with athletics and the entire campus community in my new role in student affairs.” In 1989 Harwood-Rom came back to the University of Arkansas as the founding member of the newly created office of Academic Counselor for Women’s Athletics. In this position until 2002, Harwood-Rom was responsible for initial and continued eligibility certification and academic advising for all women’s sports, as well as overseeing event management, fundraising and facilities planning, among other duties. In 2002 she was named associate director of women’s athletics at the University of Arkansas. Her primary responsibilities included academic support services, maintaining academic records for approximately 175 female student athletes, and managing NCAA compliance records and student development. In 2008 she was named associate athletic director, Razorback Athletics Center for Student Achievement and Support. In this role she was responsible for providing academic support services to more than 460 student- athletes each year. Long announced that Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development Eric Wood will serve as the interim director of student-athlete academic support and achievement until a formal search for the position may be conducted.



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