The University of Findlay announced the appointment of Brandi Laurita as the University’s new athletic director during its Board of Trustees meeting today. Laurita, who has served as UF’s assistant athletic director and senior women’s administrator since 2008, was selected after a national search was conducted.
“Brandi has done a fantastic job of helping our student athletes succeed in their respective sports and in the classroom,” said President Katherine Fell, Ph.D. “She has distinguished herself and the University by serving in several leadership positions here, and at regional and national levels. We are excited about Brandi’s appointment and about the direction that our athletic program will take under her leadership,” she said.
“I am deeply honored and excited that President Katherine Fell and The University of Findlay have entrusted me with the responsibility to lead Oiler Athletics to new levels of success,” said Laurita.
In addition to her assistant athletic director duties, Laurita has served as Student Athlete Advisory Committee advisor and UF’s Title IX coordinator. She has been responsible for oversight of athletic scholarships, and has chaired committees to select coaches for teams representing four sports, and has been event manager for multiple teams.
Elsewhere, she has been appointed to a number of NCAA and Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) committees, most notably the GLIAC Executive Committee and Management Council; has provided oversight for numerous national, regional and conference tournaments; and since 2011 has participated in the NCAA/ADA Division II Director of Athletics Mentoring Program.
Laurita replaces Steven Rackley, who resigned earlier this year to become Alma College’s athletic director.
In additional Board news, three new members were also welcomed to the University’s Board of Trustees. They include Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, Rev. Philip Scott ’88 and Philip Kortokrax ’90.
Brumbaugh is president of Garner Transportation Group. At UF she also chairs the College of Business Advisory Board and serves on other committees and campaigns. Scott serves as regional director for the Allegheny Region Churches of God, General Conference. Kortokrax is vice president of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, North America.
With their appointments, the University’s Board of Trustees includes 34 members.