Kate Harmon was named director of Campus Recreation in July after working for 12 years as associate director of athletic and recreation facilities management, overseeing day-to-day operations of the Recreation Center.
In her new role, Harmon said her goals include increasing collaboration with other campus departments. She said it was the growth of the university that drew her to Grand Valley in 2002 because of its opportunities for professional growth and challenges.
“I have always been interested in student development,” Harmon said. “I knew I wanted to be involved with university recreation or athletics.”
Harmon is a strong advocate for creating opportunities for students to engage in active learning.
“Campus Recreation is an essential component of student success by offering multiple programs and services to satisfy the various needs of students,” she said.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in sports science from Northern Michigan University in 1998, while playing soccer for the Wildcats and serving as team captain for two seasons. Harmon also earned a master’s degree in sports administration from Central Michigan University in 2000.
While at CMU, Harmon worked for the athletic department and served an internship with Central’s Athletic Booster Club.
She is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, an American Red Cross instructor and has a U.S. Soccer Federation coaching license.
When Harmon is not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities with her family, coaching youth