DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire athletic department announced Monday that Michelle Bronner (SUNY New Paltz ’92) has been hired as Senior Associate Athletic Director for Compliance/Senior Woman Administrator. She joins the Wildcats after serving as Director of Compliance/SWA at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. since 2005. Bronner has over 10 years of experience in collegiate compliance.
“We are delighted to have Michelle join our staff and bring her considerable talents and leadership to UNH,” Athletic Director Marty Scarano said. “We were fortunate to have had a highly qualified pool of candidates but when we brought Michelle to campus she really distinguished herself from the others, in particular our coaches felt an immediate connection with her. In her role as our Chief Compliance Officer/SWA her relationship with the coaches is essential and very important. Additionally Michelle has a great understanding of what makes UNH successful and shares our values.”
Bronner is primarily responsible for the administration of over $8 million dollars of athletic scholarships, the eligibility certification process for approximately 525 student-athletes and the education and monitoring of 70 coaches and 20 sports. She also supervises the administration of the $75,000 NCAA Special Assistance Fund and $180,000 NCAA Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund. She is responsible for preparing all National Letters of Intent as well as initial and renewal financial aid agreements.
“I am honored to be joining a university with such a reputation for excellence,” Bronner said. “It is exciting to know that I will be a part of an athletics program that has outstanding student-athletes, coaches and staff and I look forward to contributing to our future successes. I appreciate the connection I felt with the staff and know I will be a part of the Wildcat family for years to come.”
As the department's Senior Woman Administrator, Bronner will serve on the department's senior management team and is responsible for the department's compliance with Title IX and gender equity issues.
Bronner will also oversee the data collection and analysis of the NCAA's institutional Graduation Success Rate (GSR), the Academic Progress Rate (APR), and IPEDS (Federal Graduation Rate data), which are reported annually to the NCAA and Department of Education.
While at UNF, Bronner oversaw and monitored the athletics department’s compliance with NCAA, Atlantic Sun Conference and University regulations. This includes areas of student-athlete welfare and eligibility, rules education for students, coaches, staff and the public as well as NCAA legislative changes. As Senior Woman Administrator, her responsibilities included senior management team duties, service on various campus committees along with developing and monitoring all of UNF’s Title IX and gender equity initiatives.
Prior to her time at UNF, Bronner served three years as Academic Advisor/Compliance Assistant at Siena College. While at Siena, she ran all aspects of the Academic Support Services including monitoring academic progress, determining continuing eligibility, coordinating community service efforts, and SAAC liaison. In the fall of 2003, she moved to the Peach Belt Conference Office to become the Director of Compliance. In this capacity, Bronner provided support to member institutions in regards to NCAA regulations, organized YES Clinics, monitored all eligibility paperwork and provided various other services as needed.
Bronner is a graduate of NACWAA/HERS Institute (2009E) and recipient of 2009 NACWAA Judith M. Sweet Commitment Award.
Personally, Bronner grew up in an Army family and has traveled the world. Born in Amberg, Germany, she graduated with a bachelor's degree in History Education from SUNY New Paltz. She spent seven years as a high school history teacher at Fountain-Fort Carson High School in Colorado and earned a master's degree in Human Performance and Exercise Science from the University of Tennessee.