Brubacher new AD at Hillsdale College

Don Brubacher has accepted the position as director of athletics at Hillsdale (Mich.) College. Brubacher goes to Hillsdale after a nine-year tenure as athletic director at Tabor College.

Brubacher, a native of Hesston, had worked at Tabor College for 30 years as an administrator, classroom teacher and as a coach of both men?s and women?s basketball and soccer teams. His leadership of Tabor?s athletic department was highlighted by increases in conference championships and the number of student athletes receiving recognition for academic excellence.

Brubacher is a graduate of Tabor. He and his wife Janette are the parents of three grown sons.

?Our national search has produced an individual with an impressive understanding of the role that athletics plays in the formation of student character and how character development is essential to the mission of our institution,? said Larry P. Arnn, Hillsdale president.

?In addition, we have found a man with a long, proven record of success in leading a college athletic program. Don Brubacher will be a perfect fit here.?

Brubacher said: ?I?m honored to be selected as the athletic director at Hillsdale College, and am excited by the opportunity to contribute to an organization that believes that the pursuit of excellence on the field or court can and should be an integral element of a liberal arts education.

?I am looking forward to working with my new colleagues and being a part of the Hillsdale community.?

Hillsdale College, founded in 1844, has built a national reputation by its maintenance of a classical core curriculum and for its principled refusal to accept any taxpayer subsidies.

It also conducts a large outreach effort that promotes civil and religious liberty, including a monthly speech digest, Imprimis, with a current circulation of more than 1.6 million.

Hillsdale has a variety of sports teams that compete on the NCAA Division II level, including baseball, men?s and women?s basketball, football, softball, women?s swimming, track and field, cross country and volleyball.

The Chargers, as the Hillsdale athletics teams are known, compete in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Much of the information for this story came from the Hillsdale College Web site.

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