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Edwards named Interim Director of Athletics

The College of St. Scholastica has announced that Merissa Edwards will assume the role of Interim Director of Athletics for the 2021-22 year.

Edwards takes over after the departure of former Director of Athletics Franco Bari. Edwards has been part of the St. Scholastica community since 2005 and the CSS Athletics Department since 2010. She has served as Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and Business over the last four years. She worked in the college’s Admissions Department before coming over to the Athletics Department.

“I have had the privilege of learning from and working with five very different leadership styles in the past 16 years at The College of St. Scholastica,” said Edwards. “I look forward to this opportunity to utilize those experiences and to work alongside our talented and dedicated staff to continue building a stronger athletic department. I have also had the privilege of being a part of our student-athletes’ journeys at CSS. They are the heartbeat of every athletic department and I will continue to provide them the best experience and support possible.”

Edwards will oversee the department’s transition into the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) this fall.

“It is an honor for CSS athletics to join the MIAC,” said Edwards. “We will have challenges ahead of us, but every great team turns challenges into goals and goals into opportunities. I am excited at all of the opportunities ahead for Saints Athletics.”

“Merissa has broad experience with NCAA, conference and institutional athletic requirements and changes,” said Vice President of Student Affairs Steve Lyons. “She has been integral in our response to COVID and our transition to the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). She brings history and stability to the department along with a commitment to advance the current Athletic Strategic Plan and the department’s other initiatives.”

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