May. 3, 2012
Buena Vista University has announced that Christyn Abaray has been hired as the new Director of Athletics. Abaray is scheduled to begin her position on June 18, 2012.
“I’m very excited that Christyn has agreed to become our next Director of Athletics,” says BVU President Fred Moore. “She is a rising star on the national scene within Division III athletics, and I know she will do great things for us and all of our constituents. I would also like to thank Brian Van Haaften for his role as Interim Director of Athletics over the last year. He has done an outstanding job and stepped in with great leadership for the department throughout this search process.”
“We are thrilled to have Christyn joining our Athletic Department,” adds Dr. Meg McKeon, BVU vice president for student affairs/dean of students. “She has a breadth of experience serving on multiple committees within NCAA Division III and is highly respected for her passion, collaborative approach and leadership. Her commitment to the Division III philosophy and to providing a quality educational experience for student athletes will serve the department well as it develops a vision for the future of BVU Athletics.”
Abaray has spent the last eight years at Swarthmore College (Penn.). After being hired as an Assistant Director of Athletics, she was later promoted to an Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator in 2007. Since then, she has supervised all sports and coaches and all fundraising accounts for the department. She has also been the departmental Compliance Coordinator, a liaison with the Dean’s Office and an advisor to the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
“I’d like to personally thank President Moore and Meg, who have both given me the great opportunity to lead this department going forward,” says Abaray. “BVU has so much potential to be very successful, and I’m extremely excited to get to campus, jump in and begin forming the relationships needed and doing the work it will take for us to get to that next level.”
In addition to her current position, Abaray spent one year as an Academic Coordinator in Intercollegiate Athletics at Miami University (Ohio), while also serving as a Physical Activities through Lifetime Sports (PALS) program coordinator. Over the years, she has also served on various NCAA committees, as well as a number of professional and volunteer organizations.
While working on her master’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science (focusing in sports administration) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she served in various roles within its athletic department, including a year as an intern in the Athletics Business Office where she handled all deposits for the athletics department and reconciled team accounts.
A graduate of Washington University (St. Louis), Abaray earned a bachelor of arts degree in Anthropology and Environmental Studies. She was also a four-year starting defender on the women’s soccer team and earned All-UAA Conference First Team honors three times, All-Region First Team accolades in 1997, 1998, and 2000, while also being named an All-American in 1998. She was later inducted into the Washington University Hall of Fame in 2011.
Abaray and her husband, Chris, have one son, Jackson.