By Robin Hamilton
Following a national search, the university has selected Amy Hackett to head its department of physical education, athletics, and recreation. Hackett replaces longtime athletics director Richard Ulrich, who retired at the end of June.
Hackett comes to Puget Sound from the University of Utah, an NCAA Division IA school, where she was associate athletics director. Prior to that she was associate athletics director at Santa Clara University from 1990-96 and was the assistant athletics director for marketing and promotions at Santa Clara from 1986-90.
At Utah, Hackett oversaw 11 sports programs, and business and finance involving a $17 million budget, human resources, and events and facilities management. She was a member of various university committees, including the Oversight Committee for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
Hackett is a graduate of Oregon State University and holds a master of sports administration and facilities management from Ohio University. She is a member of the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee and chair of the American Indian Mascot Issue Subcommittee. She previously served on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Collegiate Director of Athletics, and the NCAA Women’s Soccer Committee.