Lynn Holleran, a transformative and visionary leader in college athletics, has been selected as The College of Wooster’s director of athletics and physical education following a national search. Holleran begins her role at the College on Jan. 8. Reporting to the interim vice president for student affairs, Holleran will serve as the senior administrator for Wooster’s NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics program, contributing to strategic planning, organizational change management, equity-minded practices, program innovation, advancement initiatives, and the purposeful holistic development of student-athletes.
“It is a pleasure to join our campus community in welcoming Lynn Holleran to The College of Wooster,” said President Anne McCall. “As a national leader in higher education athletics who is returning to her Div. III student-athlete roots, she brings a career-long commitment to excellence. Under Lynn’s student-focused leadership, our students will thrive athletically, academically, and in their own leadership development. I look forward to working with her as a champion for our student-athletes.”
“I am thrilled and grateful to become a part of the College community,” said Holleran. “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to President McCall and the entire search committee for extending this incredible opportunity to me. My experience as a Div. III student-athlete has instilled in me a profound appreciation for the value of a liberal arts education and the educational benefits that come from participating in athletics. It is an honor to join an institution with such a remarkable academic reputation and a strong history of successfully graduating student-athletes while excelling in sports.”
Holleran arrives in Wooster following nearly eight years at Pennsylvania State University. Holleran’s tenure at Penn State included four and a half years as deputy athletic director where she provided executive and strategic leadership in support of the vice president for intercollegiate athletics for 31 sports programs, over 800 student-athletes, and 325 employees.