Athletics News

GW Athletics and Recreation Department Announces Additional Staffing Changes

Andre Julien

Sept. 27, 2011

Health and wellness, club sports and intramural sports at George Washington University are getting a boost with the promotion of Andre Julien to Associate Athletic Director for Health and Wellness and the hiring of Brett Graskewitz as Assistant Director of Intramural Sports.

As Associate Athletic Director for Health and Wellness, Julien currently oversees the Lerner Health and Wellness Center, one of the most widely used facilities on campus.

"Recreation and club sports are an important part of our students' lives, and are a key part of our department," said Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero. "Andre and Brett will strengthen the department's support of recreation programs and facilities."

Julien praised Nero for his commitment to recreation at GW.

"Elevating it will have an impact on multiple areas of student life," said Julien. "So much at GW is related to competition, and sponsoring high-level club and intramural sports programs also creates a following for the varsity sports."

Julien said his promotion will bring a new level of accountability for the service his department delivers. "I really appreciate it and am looking forward to it," he said.

Julien has been Assistant Athletic Director since 2001. He manages the day-to-day business and financial operations at Lerner Health and Wellness Center and the West Hall fitness center on the Mount Vernon campus, as well as supervising a staff of nine professionals, 10 graduate students and 230 undergraduates and part-time employees.

His responsibilities include oversight of budgets, financial operations, contract negotiations, business development, human resources and strategic facility planning for the two recreational facilities. He also is supervisor for the varsity squash program, which he said gives him a valuable look at the sports programs from both sides.

Julien's previous experience includes athletics and recreation operations manager and assistant director for fitness at Georgetown University. He received a master's degree in exercise science and health management from George Mason University.

Graskewitz comes to GW from Ball State University, where he recently earned a master's degree in sports administration.

At Ball State, Graskewitz was graduate assistant for sports facilities and informal recreation. His responsibilities included helping plan a $39 million recreation and wellness center that opened in 2010, training the center's 300 student employees, and managing 500,000-square feet of indoor activity space and seven outdoor facilities.

Julien said Graskewitz's experience at Ball State will translate well to his responsibilities at GW. "He brings tons of insight into how to do it and do it better," said Julien.