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Sept. 8, 2010
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University is pleased to announce Dr. Robert Boerigter, who has served as Northwest's athletics director since 2001, has been selected as the next commissioner of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) by the conference's Chief Executive Officers Council.
Boerigter will succeed Jim Johnson, who announced his resignation in July to become director of athletics at Pittsburg State University. Boerigter will begin work with the MIAA on Sept. 20.
"Obviously Northwest is a very, very special place consisting of a special group of student-athletes, special staff and a very passionate alumni and fan base," Boerigter said. "It has certainly been my privilege to have served as athletics director. You have to be in this position to appreciate the loyalty of the people we deal with every day, and I'm certainly going to miss that."
Said Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski, "We are pleased for Dr. Boerigter and the MIAA. Bob has served Northwest well and will help continue to make the MIAA a premier D-II conference. We are thankful for Bob's focus on the student-athlete, the success of athletes in the classroom and on the field, and our strength in institutional compliance."
Boerigter has served as the lead administrator for the Department of Athletics and was involved in the planning, construction, completion and opening of Bearcat Stadium, as well as the refurbishing of the outdoor track facility.
Looking back on his tenure at Northwest, Boerigter said he is most proud of the Fall Classic, the annual football game he implemented at Arrowhead Stadium in 2002. The inaugural game recorded a record-high attendance for a Division II football game.
"When we started that event, a number of people wondered if we could pull it off," Boerigter said. "Now it's able to sustain itself, and it's turned into a great experience for our athletes, staff, fans, musicians and all who can participate in it. I hope it's something that can be sustained for a number of years."
Boerigter has extensive experience within the MIAA and NCAA governance structure, including currently serving as the chair of the MIAA Institutional Representatives Council and five NCAA committees and task force groups including the Division II Management Council.
Boerigter came to Northwest from Hastings (Neb.) College, where he served 13 years as director of athletics, chair of physical education and professor of physical education. Previously, he held administrative and coaching positions at Adams State in Alamosa, Colo.; Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa; and Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash.
Boerigter earned a bachelor of science in physical education in 1970 from Northwestern College, a master of arts degree in 1974 from the University of Northern Colorado and a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Utah in 1978.
He and his wife, Mary, have two sons, Marc and John, and two grandchildren.
According to Jasinski, Northwest will undergo a national search for its next athletic director.
Northwest is a member of the MIAA, NCAA and Division II. The MIAA, which consists of 12 schools in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, and Division II emphasize a balance between academics and athletics, encouraging the total personal development of student-athletes.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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