NEWTON, Mass. – After three years as a member of the Mount Ida College athletic department administration, Katie Zuman has accepted a position across campus as the first Operations Manager for the Division of Student Affairs.
Zuman, who has served as the Compliance and Purchasing Coordinator and Senior Women's Administrator since 2012, will continue in her role as softball head coach, a position she was named to in 2008, while now acting as point person for the budgets of 15 departments within student affairs, including athletics.
"The operation of Student Affairs has become more complex, and these essential aspects require daily oversight and management," said VP for Student Affairs Laura Deveau, who will oversee the new position that will also coordinate budgets for commencement and the Wadsworth Lecture Series, transportation booking and contracts, and coordination of performance agreements. "Due to Katie's proven management of Athletic budgetary operations and other projects, as well as Katie's articulated goal of becoming a stronger big-picture administrator, I was confident in her skills."
"I'm really excited about the new job venture in Student Affairs. It offers me the opportunity to learn new things, particularly dealing with budgets and transportation," said Zuman. "This will expand my knowledge in the college administration field and I look forward to my future in a different department."
Zuman is entering her tenth year at Mount Ida College, where she started her tenure as the softball assistant coach in 2005 before being named the sixth head coach in 2008, a role in which she will continue into the 2016 season.
She has led the softball team to two appearances in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) tournament, including the program's first trip in 2010 and a return to the postseason this past spring. She directed the 2012 team to a program best 18 wins, and has coached fifteen players to GNAC All-Conference honors.
A Wheaton College graduate in 2001 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology, Zuman played shortstop and centerfield for the Lyons. As a captain in her senior year, she helped lead her team to an impressive 45-9 record along with a 3rd place finish in the Division III College World Series. She was a two-time Regional All-American, the New 8 Rookie of the Year, NEWMAC All Conference, NEISCA All-Star and an ECAC All-Star. She is also in the top ten in the Wheaton softball record book for runs scored (138), hits (189), doubles (34), triples (9), and stolen bases (44).
Upon graduation from Wheaton, Zuman attended Springfield College, where she received her Master's Degree in Sport Management and also gained experience as a coach through a Graduate Assistant position with the Varsity and JV softball teams.
Prior to coming to Mount Ida, she worked with the Boston Cannons professional lacrosse team as the Director of ticket sales/marketing and was the hospitality manager at the Wellbridge Athletic Club.
"This is not only an operations position, but will have the responsibility of visioning and projections," Deveau said of the new role. "Katie has been working with members of the Business Services team as well as others within the Division of Student Affairs to craft work flows and enhance existing policies that will only maximize our work, our productivity and our service to students."
Zuman, who currently resides in Medway, Massachusetts, will begin her new position at the beginning of August.