Hansen Honored as Emerging Athletic Administrator
Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator Karen Hansen has been named this year’s emerging athletic administrator by the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA). She was recently honored at the NCAA Convention in Grapevine, Texas.
The award, which is given annually to one national honoree, is presented to an athletics administrator with seven or fewer years’ experience at the Division III level. Recipients are recognized for their involvement and leadership roles at their respective institutions or as part of a conference office.
Hansen has been a member of the Rensselaer athletics department since 2005, originally serving in the position of associate athletics director for business and finance operations, before adding the senior woman administrator role in January 2010.
As the senior woman administrator, she represents women’s interests, experiences, and viewpoints at the institutional, conference, and national levels. She provides oversight to a number of sport programs, and explores professional developmental and leadership opportunities for staff and student-athletes.
In her role as the associate athletic director for business and finance operations, Hansen handles all 27 budgets within the department. She is also responsible for the team travel, recruiting, equipment, and hiring budgets for Rensselaer Athletics. She also supervises numerous staff and student employees.
Additionally, Hansen has handled the marketing and promotions for a number of sports, including football and men’s and women’s ice hockey. Among those responsibilities were the coordination of sponsorships and sales of dasher boards, field boards, and program advertisements. In that role she managed to generate more than $100,000 of revenue for the department.
Hansen is also responsible for the management of game-day staffing, ticket and program sales for football, and game-day activities for both hockey programs.
In addition to her duties at Rensselaer, she is active with the Liberty League, serving as a sport committee chair on an annual basis. She most recently led the conference’s field hockey programs and now oversees the sport of softball.
She is a member of the NADIIIAA as well as the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA). She completed the NACWAA/HERS Institute for Administrative Advancement in 2003. She has attended numerous seminars throughout her time in Troy, most recently representing the Institute at the 2011 NCAA Gender Equity Conference.
Prior to her arrival in Troy, Hansen worked at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, where she was the director of athletic operations from 2000 to 2005.
Hansen is a 2000 graduate of East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania with a master’s degree in sports management and administration. She received her bachelor’s degree in physical education from East Stroudsburg in 1997. She has been honored with the school’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.
She was a four-year varsity letter-winner on the soccer team from 1993 to 1997, highlighted by the program’s 1994 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championship team with an 18-2 record. That team was inducted into the East Stroudsburg Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2008.