July 14, 2014 — Coral Gables, Fla. — Scott Levin, a leader in campus recreation and wellness, has been appointed executive director of the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center and the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center. Levin starts full-time on August 22.
Levin comes to UM from Georgia State University, a public research institution with more than 30,000 students, where he served as the Director of Recreational Services since 2000. As the chief administrative officer leading 29 full-time employees, Levin oversaw intramural and club sports, fitness testing and assessment, outdoor recreation, a multitude of fitness and instructional classes, and aquatics programming.
“Scott is both a collaborative and innovative leader,” said Dr. Patricia A. Whitely, vice president for student affairs. “With 30 years of experience, I have no doubt Scott will bring his outstanding leadership in campus recreation and wellness to Miami.”
In August 2001, Levin opened Georgia State’s $33 million Student Recreation Center. Under his leadership, Georgia State’s Indian Creek Recreation Area was remodeled in 2013 to include a new outdoor recreation lodge and ropes challenge course.
As a leader on campus, Levin served on many committees within Georgia State’s Division of Student Affairs and continually collaborated with other campus units to provide high-quality campus recreation and wellness programming for students and employees. In 2013, Levin received the prestigious George M. Sparks Award, an annual award that recognizes one student, faculty, and staff member from Georgia State University who exemplifies a willingness to go the extra mile with good humor and perseverance.
“I am thrilled to play a key role in the University of Miami’s efforts to assess and respond to the wellness needs of the UM Community by offering meaningful learning, growth, and engagement opportunities for our students, faculty, staff and alumni,” Levin said. “We will continually deliver the highest level of customer satisfaction through our programs, services, and facilities.”
Prior to his appointment at Georgia State, Levin worked at Bowling Green State University for 15 years in a variety of campus recreation positions. He received a master’s degree in administration of recreation services and a bachelor’s degree in K-12 education and physical education from Southern Illinois University.
“I am confident that his expertise and transformative ideas will enhance the wellness experience for all at the University of Miami,” Whitely added. “I am happy to welcome Scott and his wife, Cheryl, to our UM community. They, along with their daughter, Lauren, a graduate of Georgia State University, will be great additions to our ‘Canes family.”
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