Sarah Works announced this week that she will be leaving the Director of Recreation and Athletics position at The Evergreen State College and plans to transition back to academic work after the completion of the current fall sports season.
Since taking the helm in March, Director Works has made head coaching hires for men's basketball, women's soccer, and volleyball, and has filled positions in campus recreation, business operations, and athletic training. Works has also guided an effort to advance intramural sports at Evergreen, and has guided the establishment of student-led recreation programs in yoga, tai chi, rock climbing, and cardio fitness.
"Evergreen is an exceptional educational institution," said Works. "While it has been a true joy to help build the foundation here for a strong future in both intercollegiate athletics and campus recreation, I realized that at this point, my interests remain more firmly rooted in academics and law."
Prior to joining the college administration at Evergreen, Works taught philosophy at the University of Arizona, and worked as an attorney in the areas of sports and entertainment law, business law, environmental law, and federal Indian law. She plans to pursue academic work and resume her legal practice.
"We appreciate the work Sarah has done for the college," said Art Costantino, Vice President for Student Affairs. "In her time here, she evidenced a strong commitment to gender equity, built relationships with faculty and enhanced recreational programming."
"We understand and support Sarah's dedication to academics and Indian law," added Costantino. "Our campus recreation and intercollegiate programs have successfully addressed a number of key issues during her time as director."
Executive Associate to the Vice President for Student Affairs Wendy Endress will serve as Interim Athletic Director. She will work with Evergreen's seasoned coaches to maintain support for Evergreen student athletics and recreation programs. Endress has more than 20 years experience as an administrator and has worked with athletics on staffing and budget issues.