Christine Rawak was named the University of Delaware's new director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Services on May 13, 2016.
“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Chrissi Rawak as the University of Delaware’s new athletic director,” said new UD President Dennis Assanis in making the announcement. “Chrissi is an outstanding leader with a long history in athletics, development and alumni relations. She has a true commitment to both the student-athlete experience and inclusive excellence – and these are commitments that we both share. Athletics strengthens the University’s connection with our students, alumni, faculty, staff and the greater community, and I’m confident that she will be able to work with the excellent team already in place here to build on our past successes and lead the program to even greater achievements.”
Rawak spent more than a decade in athletics at the University of Michigan, where she most recently oversaw external relations and strategic initiatives while serving as executive senior associate athletic director.
Rawak (RAY-wok) has spent more than a decade in athletics at Michigan, where she currently oversees external relations and strategic initiatives. In Ann Arbor, she launched the first comprehensive athletics fundraising campaign raising more than $316 million to date. She personally raised more than $170 million, including securing an unprecedented $100 million gift. Her oversight responsibilities include fundraising, ticket sales, brand management, external communications, public relations, marketing, advertising, community relations, graphic design and creative, research, analytics and database management, digital and social media, constituent engagement, radio and television, corporate sponsorship, trademarks and licensing, events and game day experiences.
“I am truly honored and humbled for the opportunity to join the Delaware family,” said Rawak, “and I am grateful for the trust that President Assanis has in me and in my abilities to lead this department. The University is a world-class institution with a community with a clear passion and pride for athletics and for the state of Delaware. My family and I cannot wait to become Blue Hens.”
Rawak becomes the sixth director of Athletics at Delaware since the position was established in 1940. She is the first woman to hold the position on a permanent basis. The director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Services reports directly to the president and is a member of the University’s senior staff. The position leads the University of Delaware’s intercollegiate athletics program consisting of 21 Division I men’s and women’s sports and the University’s recreation services, which offers intramural sports, club sports and fitness opportunities to all students.
As a student at the University of Michigan, Rawak was a member of the varsity swim team and student government president before earning her bachelor’s degree in sports management and communications in 1992. After graduation, she joined the athletics department as an assistant swim coach.
Prior to assuming her current position at Michigan, Rawak spent seven years in Michigan’s Office of University Development as the assistant vice president of talent management and development operations. From 1998-2004, she worked as director of personnel and business resources in the Office of Alumni Relations and Development at Northwestern University while earning a master’s degree in communication from Northwestern.
A native of Newtown, Pennsylvania, she is married to Glenn Hill, a former gymnast at the University of Michigan, and they are the parents of Blake, Evelyn and Grace.