Christine “Chrissi” Rawak
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Services, UD
Christine Rawak (RAY-wok) was named the University of Delaware’s new director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Services on May 13, 2016.
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. 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.
Rawak is 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 role 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.