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August 29, 2012

Merrimack athletic director resigns

Steps down after misconduct probe; wife no longer employed there

NORTH ANDOVER — The Merrimack College athletic director who has been on leave since July resigned yesterday at the conclusion of a third-party internal investigation into misconduct, the college announced yesterday.

Glenn Hofmann, 47, had been athletic director for three years. His resignation is effective immediately, according to a statement by Alexa Abowitz, college counsel and vice president of administration. Hofmann’s wife, Suzanne Hofmann, who worked for the college as a vice president of advancement, communications and marketing, also was no longer an employee of the college as of yesterday.

College officials said the investigation, conducted by the law firm Bingham McCutchen LLP, concluded that the issues were “personnel-based” and that the results will not be made public. Suzanne Hofmann was not a subject of the investigation, college officials have said.

“Merrimack College has accepted the resignation of Glenn Hofmann, former athletic director, effective immediately,” Abowitz said in her statement. “This resignation comes at the close of a third-party investigation into allegations of misconduct involving Mr. Hofmann. The issues confirmed by the inquiry are personnel-based, and as a matter of policy Merrimack College does not comment on personnel matters. As such, the specific findings of the investigation will remain confidential.”

Dean O’Keefe, the assistant athletic director who has been interim athletic director since Hofmann was put on leave, will remain interim athletic director until the college conducts a national search for a permanent replacement. Men’s hockey head coach Mark Dennehy and women’s basketball head coach Monique LeBlanc will assist O’Keefe.

“This new leadership team will continue the department’s commitment to excellence and will bolster our efforts around student athlete development,” Abowitz said. A national search for a new athletic director will be announced in the fall.

Merrimack put Hofmann on paid leave July 2 and hired Bingham McCutchen, which has an office in Boston, to conduct the investigation.

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