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HAMBURG, NY – Hilbert College Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Susan Viscomi has accepted the Director of Athletics position at SUNY Oswego. Viscomi will finish the remainder of the academic year at Hilbert. A national search for her replacement will begin immediately.
“Sue came to Hilbert with a large task in front of her and she became the transformative leader that our athletic department needed,” Hilbert College President Cynthia Zane said. “Her tenure has shown success both on and off the playing field and courts, culminating with Hilbert’s first AMCC men’s basketball regular-season title. I have mixed emotions as I wish Sue success in her new opportunity, but we will also miss her talents here at Hilbert.”
Under Viscomi’s guidance, one of the most significant accomplishments occurred last month when men’s basketball earned its first-ever Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Regular Season Title. Hilbert also hosted the AMCC Men’s Basketball Tournament for the first time, bringing hundreds of visitors to the Hilbert campus. Last year, the Hawks went to the conference playoffs for the first time in men’s soccer and women's volleyball. Since Viscomi took ownership of the Hilbert program, the full-time staff has doubled in size and the athletics’ facilities have seen several upgrades providing a strong foundation for the Hawks to continue competing for conference championships. Additionally, Viscomi oversaw the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse at Hilbert.
“I really appreciated Cynthia (Zane) giving me the opportunity to build a program,” Viscomi said. “We accomplished quite a bit in my time at Hilbert, but Cynthia’s strong advocacy for growing the athletics department was paramount to that success. Without support from the top, it would not be possible to take those strides.”
Viscomi was a member of the WNY Consortium of Higher Education’s Women’s Leadership Institute Class of 2012, which is intended for women who are preparing for higher education senior leadership positions. The Women’s Leadership Institute is designed to engage women in evocative dialogue regarding the complexity of issues facing higher education.
“Both well respected within the campus community and intercollegiate athletics,” Zane said, “I was honored to recommend Sue for the WNY Higher Ed Consortium's Women's Leadership Institute where she represented Hilbert very well.”
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