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CONTACT: Bruce Smith
Public Information Officer
(310) 434-4209
DATE: September 8, 2004


Hyatt Named Athletic Director
Rhonda Hyatt, who has had extensive experience in virtually all areas of athletics administration at California State University at Northridge, has been named athletic director at Santa Monica College. She is only the second woman to serve as athletic director at SMC.

As athletic director, Hyatt is responsible for 16 intercollegiate athletic teams, the coaching staff and several other employees.

For the past year, Hyatt has served as senior associate athletic director and interim senior women’s administrator at Cal State Northridge, as well as serving as the interim business manager since January. In those positions, she assisted the athletic director in all aspects of management of an NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics program, including strategic planning, department staffing, sport team management, and fiscal management.

“I’m glad to have the opportunity to be at Santa Monica College,” Hyatt said. “My priority is to stabilize leadership in athletics and establish the department’s long-term mission and vision.”

Hyatt’s appointment comes as athletics and the kinesiology-dance departments are poised for potential facilities expansion and modernization. Measure S, a $135 million bond on the Santa Monica-Malibu ballot this November, would fund acquisition of playing fields in the community and upgrade and modernize athletics and physical education facilities on campus.

“I’ve been involved in the past few years in facilities planning at Cal State Northridge, so I bring that experience to SMC,” she said.

Until now, Hyatt’s entire 20-year career has been at Northridge. She served from 1984 to 1999 as head athletic trainer before being promoted to assistant athletic director and associate athletic director. She has also been a part of Cal State Northridge’s adjunct faculty, primarily as a clinical instructor for the athletic training professional education program.

She has had extensive involvement in various campus and professional organizations and committees, including the President’s Advisory Council on Intercollegiate Athletics. She has also been a presenter and has had articles published in various periodicals.

Hyatt received a bachelor’s degree in athletic training at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, a master’s in physical education from the University of Arizona, and a doctorate in educational leadership from UCLA.
She and her husband Jack live in Castaic.

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