TOWSON, Md. - Andrew Wu, who has served as the Associate Dean of Students for Student Development at Goucher College since 2013, has been named the Interim Director of Athletics effective June 1, Bryan Coker, Ph.D. Vice President and Dean of Students announced on Wednesday.
In his role as Interim Director of Athletics, Wu will still retain his "Associate Dean of Students" title, but his time and attention will be fully focused on Athletics throughout the 2018-19 academic year. The college expects to re-launch a search for a permanent Athletics Director during the Spring 2019 semester.
"I am absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to spend the next year working with our athletics staff and student-athletes," said Wu. "During this spring semester, I have gotten to know the needs, priorities, and values of the department and look forward to setting us off in a direction that emphasizes student success and a consistent expect-to-win mentality."
"Andrew's background as a Division III student-athlete, former coach, and student affairs educator offers a compelling match for this interim role," said Coker. "My expectation is that this will not be a 'limbo' or 'as-is' year for the Athletics department, but instead a year in which Andrew is fully-empowered and expected to effectively move the department forward. I believe Andrew's background provides him with a unique and well-rounded perspective on the role of Athletics in the student experience, as well as the importance of connections between Athletics and the overall College."
Wu, who has served as the Co-Interim Athletics Director since the retirement of Geoff Miller in March, has dealt with several different areas in his time as the Associate Dean of Students at Goucher, including student conduct and crisis intervention.
Wu, however, is no stranger to intercollegiate athletics, as both a student-athlete and coach.
As a men's soccer player at nearby McDaniel, Wu was both an All-Centennial Conference and All-Region selection as a goalie, where he still holds several program records at the position.
After graduation, Wu served as an assistant men's soccer coach for five seasons at both McDaniel and Mount St. Mary's. While at McDaniel, Wu coached three student-athletes that went on to become college coaches, while at The Mount, he helped the team reach the Northeast Conference Championship match in his first season (the team finished in last place in the conference the season before Wu's arrival).
Wu then moved onto Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont, where he served in student affairs. There, he established the College's first athletics and recreation department, focused on club sports and recreation programs.
Wu, who currently resides in Pikesville, received his Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and a Master's in Sport Administration from McDaniel, as well as an MBA from Mount St. Mary's. He will be receiving his Doctor of Education degree from Northeastern University later this month.