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July 4, 2012

Firm hired to investigate Merrimack College AD

Probe doesn't involve police or district attorney

By Douglas Moser

NORTH ANDOVER — Merrimack College has brought in an outside firm to investigate its athletic director, but school officials say it is not currently a criminal inquiry.

Athletic Director Glenn Hofmann, 47, of North Andover, was put on paid leave by Merrimack College Monday with officials refusing to say why.

Jeffrey Doggett, a spokesman and chief of staff for Merrimack College President Christopher Hopey, said yesterday the investigation has just begun and currently does not involve any police department or the district attorney's office.

Doggett said he could not comment on the nature of the investigation and did not have a time frame for its completion.

"We are working as diligently and quickly as we can," he said.

The investigation was begun as an "administrative action" and has the support of the college Board of Trustees, Doggett said. He could not comment on how many people were in the scope of the investigation or whether any students were involved.

The investigation is being conducted by Bingham McCutchen LLP. A message left with an attorney in the firm's Boston office seeking comment was not returned yesterday afternoon.

Doggett said he did not believe any other law firm working for another party was involved in the investigation. He declined to specify who brought the issue being investigated to the college administration's attention.

Hofmann's wife, Suzanne Hofmann, works for the college, with the title AVP advancement communications and marketing. Doggett said Suzanne Hofmann was still an employee of the college and was not part of the investigation, though he declined to say whether she was also on paid leave.

He said the president was "monitoring the situation," but was not available for comment.

The Hofmanns could not be reached yesterday for comment.

Glenn Hofmann was hired as athletic director in 2009, and he oversees 22 sports teams here, including the nationally ranked men's hockey and lacrosse teams. The Warriors hockey team is the school's only Division 1 sport.

He has been involved in the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Committee since 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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