Friel Named Wolf Pack Director of Academics


Reno, Nev. - Lori Friel has been named the University of Nevada Athletics Department Director of Academics as announced by Special Assistant to President for Athletics Academics and Compliance Dr. Jean Perry.  Friel comes to Nevada after five years as the Director of Academics at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

While working at Ohio all of the Bobcat teams had academic success bassed on the criteria set by the NCAA boasting an academic progress rate 925 or above and they were in the process of submitting a program of excellence nomination for their CHAMPS/Life Skills program.  She helped Ohio receive an NCAA CHOICES grant in 2006.  Prior to working at Ohio she was an academic advisor at UNLV for 11 years.

A 1986 graduate of Nevada in computer information systems she received a master’s degree from UNLV in sport and leisure management in 2000.

A member of the National Academic Advising Association she served on the 1994 national planning committee and 1998 regional planning committee.  She is also a member of the National Association of Academic Advising for Athletics and the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators.

“Lori brings a wealth of experience, energy, and ideas to her role as the Director of Wolf Pack Academics,” said Dr. Perry.    “With more than 16 years of experience in athletics advising, including five as a director of academics at another Division I university, she will be able to move our academics program forward and is the ideal person to lead the move to our new Academic Center which we hope to break ground on this summer.”

“Lori brings great experience and leadership to our academic support unit,” said Director of Athletics Cary Groth.  “I have great respect for what she has done at Ohio University and great expectations of what she will bring to Nevada.”

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