Victoria Chun ’91, MA’94 named director of athletics at Yale University

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Victoria Chun ’91, MA’94 stands at podium in Class of 1965 Arena

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In a letter to the campus community, President Brian W. Casey announced that Vice President and Director of Athletics Victoria Chun ’91, MA’94 has been named director of athletics at Yale University, effective July 1, 2018. Colgate will begin a national search for her successor immediately.

Chun was named Colgate’s director of athletics in 2013 and was promoted to vice president and director of athletics in 2015. Her list of accomplishments during the last five years includes the construction of the Class of 1965 Arena and Beyer-Small ’76 Field. Her teams have won titles, earned NCAA tournament berths, cracked the top five in national rankings, and set numerous records. Even as she encouraged student-athletes to victory in competition, she also spurred them on to achieve a 98-percent graduate success rate, second in the nation.

“Colgate is a place I love deeply, and it is literally part of who I am as a person,” Chun said. “The Colgate community has shown me incredible support, counsel, and friendship during my time here. I am so proud of all that we have accomplished together. I want to say a heartfelt thank you to all those whose paths I have crossed in my time as a student-athlete, alumna, coach, and administrator.”

Alongside her work as Colgate’s athletics director, Chun has also served as a member of the NCAA Division I Council and the new Division I Football Competition Committee, vice chair of the Division I Football Oversight Committee, board president of Women Leaders in College Sports, and member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers.

“Division I athletics is a part of Colgate’s heritage,” Casey said. “Thanks, in part, to Vicky’s commitment to our students and coaches — which she demonstrated as a student-athlete, coach, and administrator — we have an athletics program that is widely respected around the nation. Her legacy will continue in this university’s ongoing commitment to competition and student success at the highest level. We should all be proud of Vicky and wish her the best of luck at Yale University.”