Andrew Platt, another trustee on the committee, said he thought it would also be important to connect athletics to recruitment and retention. Platt noted he is a graduate of the Wright State athletics program. According to the trustee’s website, he played golf for the university and was team captain for his final two years of college.
The committee decided Monday they should eventually speak with stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, members of the community and alumni.
“You know, our student athletes are our students too, and they have a perspective on their experience here,” said Brittney Whiteside, another trustee who sits on the committee.
Whiteside also suggested eventually pulling information to compare Wright State to other institutions.
The committee adjoined with plans to speak with the athletics department and meet again in two weeks. They eventually plan to meet monthly. Marty Grunder is chairman of the committee.
Wright State has 11 athletics programs with 194 student athletes, according to the university. Last year, WSU cut three sports: men’s and women’s tennis and softball.
The elimination of the programs was part of a larger Wright State budget plan designed to stabilize operations as enrollment has declined, the school said. The COVID-19 pandemic “has accelerated the need for all areas of the university to reduce expenditures,” according to the university.
Wright State spent about $12 million on athletics in 2019, according to USA Today data. A little more than $10 million of that spending was appropriated from the university.