The University of Hartford’s Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies is honoring retiring University President Walter Harrison at a special program titled, “A Conversation on Academics and Athletics,” on Thursday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in the Harry Jack Gray Center’s Wilde Auditorium. Harrison, America East Conference Commissioner Amy Huchthausen, and ESPN Reporter and Host Andy Katz will serve as panelists, and Greenberg Center Professor Avinoam Patt will moderate the discussion.
Attendees are encouraged to register online by April 3 for the event that is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Susan Gottlieb at the Greenberg Center at 860.768.4964, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harrison has served as University of Hartford president since 1998, and under his leadership, the University has experienced a period of energy and vitality unmatched in its history. He is recognized as a leader in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). He received the prestigious NCAA President Gerald R. Ford Award in 2015 for his work to improve the academic success of student-athletes. He chaired the NCAA’s Committee on Academic Performance from its creation in 2004 to 2014, as well as the NCAA’s Executive Committee from 2005 to 2007. Harrison became a member of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics in 2015, and his doctoral dissertation, “Out of Play: Baseball Fiction from Pulp to Art,” was one of the earliest scholarly treatments of baseball and its place in American life.
Huchthausen was named commissioner of the America East Conference in 2011 and is the fourth commissioner and first woman to lead the league. The America East has made progressive strides in numerous areas during Huchthausen’s first five years, including elevating the conference’s profile while building a platform for sustained success. The Sports Business Journal named her a 2016 Forty Under 40 honoree after she was recognized as a “Game Changer” by the same publication in 2015. Huchthausen recently completed a four-year term as a member of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) Board of Directors. In addition, she has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) and the NCAA Transfer Issues Working Group, following her service as chair of the NCAA Leadership Council Transfer Issues Subcommittee. Huchthausen previously spent more than five years at the NCAA national office, the last four as a director of Academic and Membership Affairs. While at the NCAA, she helped lead and coordinate internal operations for the department’s senior management team and provided leadership to several key Division I and Division III governance committees.
Katz is a senior college basketball writer for ESPN.com covering the NCAA, as well as the NBA draft, and he does the daily 3-point shot video for ESPN.com. He also appears on ESPN networks in a reporting, analyzing, and hosting capacity and is the primary backup host for ESPN’s Outside The Lines. Katz debuted his own weekly show on ESPNU, Katz Korner, in January 2013. In 2012, he began collaborating with ESPN college basketball analyst Seth Greenberg on podcasts. The “best of” content from those episodes airs on ESPN radio Saturday mornings. Prior to joining ESPN.com in 1999, Katz served as the national basketball writer for the Fresno Bee from 1995–99. He also worked at the Albuquerque Journal (1990–95), the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (1989–90), and is a former president of the United States Basketball Writers Association.