The University of Rochester's sports department has been renamed the Department of Athletics and Recreation effective July 1.
The name change took effect with the appointment of George Vander Zwaag as director. Vander Zwaag was a longtime athletic administrator at Princeton University before coming to the University. He assumed responsibilities July 1.
"Our new name signals to the community that numerous changes are taking place in our department," said Vander Zwaag. "We are excited about our new alignment with the College. Our goal is excellence in the educational process, and the College recognizes the key role we play in providing a positive educational experience for students."
The University sponsors 22 varsity intercollegiate sports, 11 for men and 11 for women. There are more than 35 club teams and intramural sports, plus a full recreational program.