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August 29, 2012

Merrimack athletic director resigns

Steps down after misconduct probe; wife no longer employed there

By Douglas Moser
dmoser@eagletribune.com

---- — 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.

Jeffrey Doggett, a spokesman and chief of staff for Merrimack College President Christopher Hopey, told The Eagle-Tribune in July that the investigation started around the time Hofmann was put on leave and that it was begun as an “administrative action” that had the support of the college Board of Trustees. He would not comment on how many people were in the scope of the investigation or whether any students were involved.

Glenn Hofmann was hired as athletic director in 2009, and he oversaw 22 sports teams, including the nationally ranked men’s hockey and lacrosse teams. The Warriors hockey team is the school’s only Division I sport.

He was involved in the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Committee starting in 2010, and was part of the Sports Management Institute Executive Program in 2009 and on the NCAA Division I Certification Committee from 2007 to 2009, according to the college.

Prior to Merrimack, Hofmann was associate athlete director for external affairs at Niagara University in Niagara Falls, N.Y., from 2006 to 2009, senior associate director of athletics for external services at Stony Brook University on Long Island, and associate athletics director for external relations at Lehigh University near Bethlehem, Pa.

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