Athens, Ga. – Keith Wenrich, currently assistant to the executive director at University Housing, has been named the new director of recreational sports and the Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities at the University of Georgia. Wenrich’s appointment is effective July 1.
“We are delighted to bring Keith into this position to lead and enhance our recreational sports initiatives,” said Victor K. Wilson, vice president for student affairs. “From hosting and teaching classes to promoting physical wellness to providing venues for campus events, the department of recreational sports promotes student achievement and success. Under Keith’s leadership, Rec Sports will be well-positioned to extend its direct impact on each UGA student.”
In addition to leading the recreational sports staff, Wenrich will oversee numerous campus facilities and programs, including the Ramsey Student Center, Pound and Wheeler halls on the Health Sciences Campus, the 35-acre Rec Sports Complex, the ropes course in Oconee Forest Park, the 8-acre Club Sports Complex on Milledge Avenue and tennis and basketball courts adjacent to residence halls.
“UGA has some of the best recreational sports facilities in the nation,” Wenrich said. “By being mission focused, developing and empowering excellent staff and enhancing partnerships with other departments, our recreational sports programs can be the best in the country. I look forward to working toward that goal.”
Wenrich holds a bachelor of science in business administration from Susquehanna University and earned his master’s degree in health exercise and science at the University of Southern Mississippi.
After a career spanning a range of roles in student affairs at institutions across the country, Wenrich came to UGA in 2007 as associate director for facilities and operations in recreational sports before moving to his role at university housing in 2013.
He has also served as an official for high school volleyball and basketball and at the collegiate level for basketball.
“I have loved sports and recreation since before I can remember,” Wenrich said. “Recreation and wellness have an essential role in people’s lives. I look forward to making it a productive and successful part of the learning experience at UGA.”
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