UW-Parkside's athletic director earns honors

UW-Parkside's athletic director earns honors

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Andrew Gavin, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Director of Athletics, was recently named to the 2020 Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list, which honors young business and community leaders from southeastern Wisconsin.

Each year, Business Journal reporters and editors select 40 leaders under the age of 40 who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement while also becoming leaders in their communities.

This is the 28th year of the Business Journal 40 Under 40 list. The pool included more than 350 nominations.

“I was stunned when I received word that I would be receiving this prestigious honor, because at the same time it was humbling just to learn I had been nominated,” Gavin said in a news release.

“Thank you to our university leadership for nominating me for consideration and to the Milwaukee Business Journal and judges for including me in this year’s talented group of 40 Under 40 award winners.

“More important than any individual recognition, this is an opportunity to spotlight UW-Parkside and Parkside athletics and tell the story of the impactful work, achievements and opportunities on our campus.

“I’m very fortunate to go to work each day at UW-Parkside and be surrounded by and partner with Chancellor (Deborah) Ford and her leadership team, our students and student-athletes, my colleagues, and our community supporters, and I believe they all share in this recognition.”

Gavin joined Parkside’s staff in August 2017 and guided the university’s decision to join the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference after leaving the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Parkside officially became a full member of the GLIAC on July 1, 2018.

Additionally, Gavin launched the Parkside Athletics Corporate Partners Program and added more than 30 local, regional, national and global companies and oversaw the selection of Aurora Sports Health as the university’s new sports medicine partner.

A member of Ford’s cabinet and the university’s development leadership team, in October 2019 Gavin helped in the university’s 10-year partnership with Haribo of America, which included the creation of Haribo Court in DeSimone Gymnasium.

Gavin has also guided the university in adding dozens of new staff members to the athletic department, including the hiring of five head coaches and the addition of 17 graduate assistant positions.

Furthermore, the Sports and Activity Center has undergone upgrades to the main athletics office, the strength and conditioning center and to other facilities.

Gavin, who is involved in the Great Lakes Church, was also named a 2019 winner of the Kenosha Area Business Alliance’s Future 5 Young Professional Award by YLink.

He serves as a member of the Kenosha YMCA Board of Directors.

“I’m very pleased that Andrew has received this important recognition of his dedication and commitment to student success and community connections,” Ford said. “His work since joining UW-Parkside less than three years ago has taken Ranger athletics to a new level.

“I’m proud of the way in which he represents our university.”

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