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Troy Terhark named director of Recreation and Sport Facilities

August 29, 2013
Troy Terhark
Troy Terhark

EAU CLAIRE — Troy Terhark has been named the new director of Recreation and Sport Facilities at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He will begin his new duties Aug. 30.

"Troy is the perfect person to take on the role of director of Recreation and Sport Facilities," said Dr. Beth Hellwig, UW-Eau Claire vice chancellor of student affairs. "He is a gifted and talented person who puts his very best into whatever role he takes on. It is great to have someone who has had an excellent history at UW-Eau Claire and who has tremendous support from his colleagues around campus serve as director."

"I'm very excited for this opportunity," Terhark said. "I am looking forward to continuing to serve the campus in a new role, and help find a way that recreation can help move our campus forward."

Terhark had served as assistant director of Recreation and Sport Facilities since 2011. He has worked at University Recreation and Sport Facilities for 17 years, beginning with an internship in 1996. He will replace Vicki Funne Reed, who recently retired after 29 years with University Recreation. She had served as director since 2009.

"We are very fortunate in our department to have some longevity," Terhark said. "That speaks to the strength of our department and the reason it does so well."

University Recreation and Sport Facilities provides a variety of programs and services for students, faculty and staff. All indoor and outdoor sport recreation facilities located on upper campus are managed by University Recreation and Sport Facilities. It also provides programming and services through the McPhee Strength and Performance Center, the Bowling and Billiards Center, intramurals, open recreation, and the Environmental Adventure Center, which includes the ropes course, indoor climbing wall and archery range.

"Students are coming in with a much stronger education base about the benefits of health and wellness," Terhark said. "The education programs leading up to college have changed substantially in my time; students are hungry for more opportunities. So our programming has changed considerably to make sure that we can reach a large audience with vast needs. We have grown to fit what the students are looking for, and that's exciting."

University Recreation and Sport Facilities also sponsors the annual Wisconsin Youth Sports Program, a summer camp that gives children opportunities to engage in sporting and academic activities in a college environment. Terhark will now serve as the project administrator for that program.

"Our department has a long history with that program, serving students in a sports camp that has an educational component, too," Terhark said. "It's a very large, very intense camp, so our staff really gets ramped up in the summer. It takes many months of preparation for a five-week camp." 

Terhark earned a bachelor's degree in exercise management with a business emphasis from UW-Eau Claire in 1996 and his master's degree in human relations, training and development from UW-Stout in 2003.

Prior to attending UW-Eau Claire, Terhark was a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force from 1987-1991.

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