The University of Guelph has named Scott McRoberts as director of athletics following an extensive search.
McRoberts, currently athletics director at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC),
will begin his appointment March 14.
“Scott has the breadth of talent and experience we were looking for, and we are thrilled that he will be joining U of G,” said Brenda Whiteside, associate vice-president (student affairs), who chaired the search committee.
McRoberts has spent more than 12 years in strategic management and fundraising with universities, national sport organizations and municipalities throughout North America, Whiteside said.
“Scott is a passionate and engaged leader who will continue to build our profile and impact, both on campus and in the broader community.”
At UTSC, McRoberts with his team developed a comprehensive, award-winning mental health and physical activity program. He also enhanced other
programs, expanded participation and revenue generation activities, and developed key partnerships.
During his time at UTSC, McRoberts helped to lead the development of the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (a 365,000 sq. ft. world class athletic and recreational facility) and the UTSC Tennis Centre (a brand new 8-court high performance facility) for the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am games.
McRoberts also has academic experience, having taught at both the university and college level, as well as published articles in event planning and assessment as well as physical literacy.
Previously, he worked with Stanford University, the University of San Francisco, San Jose State and the City of San Francisco, and was executive director of the Niagara Sport Commission.He served as an assistant coach for the successful U of T men’s and women’s tennis teams.
McRoberts said “the opportunity to continue to work with a department that has the reputation and reach of Guelph’s athletics is a genuine honour. I look forward to working together with the team to build on the already strong Gryphon foundation. I am also excited to be working at an institution with such a strong commitment to student development and community engagement.”