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Dawn Stewart made her return to the Ohio Athletic Conference as the Director of Athletics at Capital University on June 1, 2008. Upon arriving at Capital, Stewart set departmental initiatives focused on competitive and academic excellence while building a collaborative, team-oriented environment. Her efforts assisted Capital in rounding out the most successful decade in in school history. Since 2000, Capital teams have won 11 OAC regular season championships and nine conference tournament titles, and have made 15 NCAA postseason appearances. In addition, 57 student-athletes have been named All-Americans, while 11 have earned Academic All-America recognition during that period. In addition to the competitive success of the athletics program, during Stewart’s tenure, Capital student-athletes have collectively achieved over a 3.1 cumulative grade point average and a retention rate of over 83 percent, suggesting that Capital student-athletes are enjoying an engaging experience that touches not only athletics, but all aspects of campus life. In addition to overseeing the department of athletics and recreation, Stewart works closely with the Capital University advancement office on establishing athletics fundraising priorities and efforts. She has successfully implemented a corporate partnership program that provides annual operating support for the athletics program. In addition, Stewart has assisted with the fundraising efforts for numerous athletics facility projects, including the renovation of Bernlohr Stadium, the Capital Center Arena, the Capital Center Moe Lounge, and the Capital Center suites and weight room areas. Stewart’s work to improve the competitiveness of the athletics program as well as the facilities has allowed Capital to serve as host for several OAC and NCAA post-season events, including the 2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball first and second rounds, 2009 NCAA Men’s Soccer first round and the 2011 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships, which boasted one of the largest crowds in event history. Stewart has worked in athletics administration for over a decade, with eight years of experience coming at the University of Dayton, her most previous stop. Among her many duties at UD, Stewart served as the Assistant Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator, in which her responsibilities included managing the department's $17-million dollar budget and providing oversight to athletics communications, athletic academic affairs, student-athlete welfare issues and the student-athlete life skills program. She also served as program administrator for the women's soccer and softball programs. Prior to her time at Dayton, Stewart spent two years as recruiting/marketing coordinator and assistant women's tennis coach at Otterbein University. Stewart was a two-time letter winner on the women's tennis team at Otterbein. She was a member of two Ohio Athletic Conference championship teams, and was an OAC champion at No. 1 doubles and runner-up at No. 2 singles. She was first team all-conference in both of her seasons at Otterbein. The New Philadelphia native is a 1998 graduate of Otterbein with a bachelor's in business administration. Stewart earned her master's in sport management from The Ohio State University in 2005. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in sport management at OSU, where her research interests will be focused on intercollegiate athletics. Stewart and her husband, Steve, live in Worthington.
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