Athletics Director Susan Viscomi Accepts Position At SUNY Oswego

National Search for Replacement to Begin Immediately
Release Date:
March 26, 2013
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, NY – Hilbert College Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Susan Viscomi has accepted the Director of Athletics position at SUNY Oswego.  Viscomi will finish the remainder of the academic year at Hilbert.  A national search for her replacement will begin immediately.

“Sue came to Hilbert with a large task in front of her and she became the transformative leader that our athletic department needed,” Hilbert College President Cynthia Zane said.  “Her tenure has shown success both on and off the playing field and courts, culminating with Hilbert’s first AMCC men’s basketball regular-season title.  I have mixed emotions as I wish Sue success in her new opportunity, but we will also miss her talents here at Hilbert.”

Under Viscomi’s guidance, one of the most significant accomplishments occurred last month when men’s basketball earned its first-ever Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Regular Season Title.  Hilbert also hosted the AMCC Men’s Basketball Tournament for the first time, bringing hundreds of visitors to the Hilbert campus.   Last year, the Hawks went to the conference playoffs for the first time in men’s soccer and women's volleyball.  Since Viscomi took ownership of the Hilbert program, the full-time staff has doubled in size and the athletics’ facilities have seen several upgrades providing a strong foundation for the Hawks to continue competing for conference championships.  Additionally, Viscomi oversaw the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse at Hilbert. 

“I really appreciated Cynthia (Zane) giving me the opportunity to build a program,” Viscomi said.  “We accomplished quite a bit in my time at Hilbert, but Cynthia’s strong advocacy for growing the athletics department was paramount to that success.  Without support from the top, it would not be possible to take those strides.”

Viscomi was a member of the WNY Consortium of Higher Education’s Women’s Leadership Institute Class of 2012, which is intended for women who are preparing for higher education senior leadership positions.  The Women’s Leadership Institute is designed to engage women in evocative dialogue regarding the complexity of issues facing higher education.

“Both well respected within the campus community and intercollegiate athletics,” Zane said, “I was honored to recommend Sue for the WNY Higher Ed Consortium's Women's Leadership Institute where she represented Hilbert very well.”

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.