Associate Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator Miriam Merrill has been selected to participate in the 2019-20 cohort of the NCAA Pathway Program in Indianapolis this July.
The NCAA Pathway Program (formerly the Fellows Program) is a premier program for senior level athletic administrators aimed to prepare these individuals to excel as directors of athletics or conference commissioners. During the 22-year history of the program, nearly 25 percent of the participants have become directors of athletics, while more than 60 percent received promotions in their careers.
The cohort will convene from July 7 to July 12 at the NCAA national office for an engaging week of programming. The NCAA leadership development office, in partnership with the Board of Governors Committee to Promote Cultural Diversity and Equity, invited 22 senior administrators from institutions across all three divisions to participate. This year-long program incorporates a diverse mix of scenario assignments, higher education and athletics leadership engagement, and a thorough exploration of the NCAA governance process.
Merrill joined the College in January 2017. She was the director of athletics at Richard J. Daley College in Chicago from 2012 until 2014, and most recently taught in the kinesiology department at Temple University. Merrill has a master's of education degree in sport administration from Xavier University and in 2019 earned her doctorate in psychology of human movement from Temple.
She received a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati where she was inducted into the James P. Kelly Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012 and was the first all-American in women's track and field program history in 2001.