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Ozery Named Executive Director of Cooper Athletics Leadership Program

March 26, 2018

WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed announced the hiring of Maya Ozery as the executive director of the Cooper Athletics Leadership Program (CALP). Ozery comes to the Hilltop from the University of Richmond where she worked extensively in athletic leadership development.

"Maya brings a valuable perspective as both an administrator and as a former student-athlete," said Reed. "In her role, she will strengthen our mission goal of developing strong leaders on the playing field and beyond. I'm excited to welcome Maya to our staff here at Georgetown and am confident her significant experience in intercollegiate athletics will support and enhance the important work we've been doing within the Cooper Athletics Leadership Program."

In her role at Georgetown, Ozery will run CALP along with working with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and partnering with different departments on campus to enhance the student-athlete experience. CALP, funded as a part of a $50 million gift from Georgetown parents Peter and Sue Cooper, uses a research-based leadership theoretical framework and application through intercollegiate athletics participation as a "means" towards the higher education "end" of developing young people. CALP also acts as an effective bridge between athletics, student services, and academic units on campus by engaging in ongoing dialogue and research with internal stakeholders that can lend a voice to the topic of leadership.

At Richmond, Ozery served as the director of student-athlete leadership and development where she was charged with organizing, developing, and overseeing all curriculum development and educational programming content for student-athletes, coaches, and staff.

Prior to her time at the University of Richmond, Ozery was the assistant athletic director for academic and leadership development at Longwood University. In this capacity, Ozery served as the chief academic officer for Longwood in the Big South Conference, oversaw student-athlete support and development programs and the development of department policies and procedures, was involved in enrollment management and APR tracking, and led a departmental diversity and inclusion initiative.

Ozery is a lead facilitator for the NCAA Leadership Forum and the NCAA Leadership Academy Workshop, and develops curriculum for national leadership programs. She has completed the NCAA Effective Facilitation Workshop and was selected to facilitate two NCAA Leadership Forums. Additionally, Ozery is a graduate of the NCAA/Women Leaders Institutes for Administrative Advancement (IAA East 16), and was part of a select few chosen for the NCAA Minority Education Series (2016-2017), which targets individuals who have shown potential to advance in the field.

The native of Moshav Givat Yearim, Israel earned a bachelor of science in psychology, and a master of science with a specialization in sports and exercise psychology from Barry University. She is now a Ph.D. Candidate in Organizational Leadership at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she focuses on leadership development within higher education, intercollegiate athletics and the business setting.

Ozery was a member of Israel's National Women's Soccer Team from 1999 to 2006 and a two-year team captain for Israel's U-19 National Women's Soccer Team from 2001-03. She played soccer at Florida International University and Barry University, where she was a team captain during her senior year. In her time in college, Ozery was featured on the cover of the inaugural NCAA Champion magazine for her leadership role in promoting women's sports in Israel, as highlighted by her alma mater.

"I am thrilled to join Georgetown University and would like to thank Lee Reed and Shannon Soares for their belief in my ability to lead the Cooper Athletics Leadership Program" said Ozery. "I am honored to have the opportunity to work closely with Georgetown University students, coaches, staff members and alumni, in addition to, faculty and the campus community to fulfill the mission and vision of this program. The emphasis on leadership development at Georgetown is unmatched by any other program in the country, and I believe the Cooper Athletics Leadership Program has a unique opportunity to offer student-athletes an extraordinary experience."

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