Lori A. Hendricks ’92, who has been Mount Holyoke’s associate athletics director for programming since 2007, will become the College’s next director of athletics and chair of the Department of Physical Education as of July 1, announced President Lynn Pasquerella.
"I am thrilled to be working with Lori Hendricks as Mount Holyoke's next athletics director,” said Pasquerella. “She brings a strong national reputation as a compelling and articulate voice for women's athletics."
Professor Alan Werner, who chaired the hiring committee for the new director, said the group conducted a nationwide search, during which “colleagues from across the country reached out to us to voice their enthusiasm for Lori’s ability as a current and future leader in athletics administration.”
“We are thrilled that Lori will be our new athletics director,” Werner added.
Mount Holyoke offers 14 varsity sports programs and a number of competitive club sports teams. A member of the NCAA Division III and the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), the College competes among many top-ranked teams and longtime local rivals. As associate director, Hendricks has overseen compliance and eligibility, coaches’ personnel reviews, and student-athlete leadership programming. She has served as liaison to MHC’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Captains Forum, and Club Sports Council, as well as tournament director for multiple NEWMAC, Seven Sisters, and ECAC conference championships, and as a facilitator for the NCAA’s national and regional student-athlete conferences.
Hendricks will replace Laurie Priest, who has been chair of the Department of Physical Education and director of athletics at Mount Holyoke since 1989 and will now return to teaching.
“I am very excited to serve my alma mater as its new chair of physical education and director of athletics,” said Hendricks. “There isn’t another program in the country that can boast a similar legacy or commitment to women’s education, competitive athletics, or physical education. President Pasquerella’s vision for the College is bold, and I am eager to work with her, our extraordinary coaches, faculty, and staff, and loyal alumnae to begin this new era of Lyons athletics.”
Prior to her work at Mount Holyoke, Hendricks was a research associate for the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good at the University of Michigan. While at Michigan, she served as the president’s liaison to the university’s NCAA certification team and as special consultant to the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. From 1996 to 2001, Hendricks served as the education outreach program coordinator for the NCAA.
Hendricks earned her bachelor of arts degree in politics and economics from Mount Holyoke and a master's degree in sport management from Ohio State University. She also holds a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Michigan.