The University of Prince Edward Island announced today that seasoned sport promoter Bill Schurman will become its new Director of Athletics and Recreation, effective February 4.
Schurman most recently has been General Manager of the Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce and Management Consultant for the Summerside Storm professional basketball team, but is best known for having worked with the Moncton Wildcats and Lewiston MAINEiacs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and for his tenure with the City of Summerside as Director of Community Services and Public Relations (1994-2002) and Director of Recreation and Parks (1981-89). Schurman replaces Ron Annear who served as athletics director for the last eight years.
“UPEI is excited to welcome Bill to campus at a time where both the varsity program and recreation and wellness initiatives are well poised to move to the next level. We are confident that Bill has the right blend of vision and experience in sport administration to drive Panther Sport to new heights,” said Vice-President Administration and Finance Jackie Podger. “We sincerely thank Ron for his leadership and are pleased that he will remain with the Department and continue to play a significant role.”
Schurman brings a wealth of knowledge in event and community development and management across several sectors and sports. He played an active role in the initial planning and the opening of Credit Union Place, in establishing Summerside’s reputation as “Canada’s tournament town,” and for leading major events in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island such as the Memorial Cup, International Hydroplane Regatta, and numerous national hockey, golf, and baseball championships.
“It is an honour and a privilege to have the opportunity to serve the UPEI community and to become a part of its rich athletic history. Throughout my career, I have been privileged to wear the logos representing many outstanding organizations committed to excellence. I will be excited to wear the Panther emblem and to continue the mission to be the very best,” said Schurman.
Panther Sport has a long tradition of achievement that began with its predecessor institutions, Saint Dunstan’s University and Prince of Wales College, and that continues today. Award-winning coaches and tireless staff support student-athletes participating in nine varsity sport programs and who excel in athletics and academics. Last year, a record 57 UPEI student-athletes were named Academic All-Canadians by Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).
UPEI Athletics and Recreation supports the University mission by providing leadership in the promotion and delivery of athletic excellence and of quality physical activity programs and University to meet its diverse physical activity needs, integral to the educational experience.
With first-rate sport and recreation facilities second-to-none, UPEI has hosted national, and regional events including several CIS national championships, the 2009 Canada Summer Games, a variety of Atlantic University Sport championships and is the province’s most comprehensive community sport facility and destination.