A pair of Team USA divers competing in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. (Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)
TROY University’s Dean of the College of Education, Hank Dasinger, has been appointed to the position of Chairman of the Personnel and Compensation Committee for the USA Olympic Diving Team’s National Governing Board.
Dasinger serves as the independent member of the board, as someone who is outside of the field of diving. Dasinger said he brings connections from the academic and leadership communities to the board.
“It’s a real important role,” Dasinger said. “They just don’t have the expertise because they all come from the community. They are all divers, coaches, all those kinds of people.
“So, what I brought to the table was expert in personnel and leadership matters.”
According to Dasinger, the role entails assisting with “guided strategic planning efforts” for the team to make the team successful in the future and evaluating the chief executive officer.
Dasinger said the position allows him to bring a spotlight to TROY’s senior leadership and that Chancellor Jack Hawkins agreed.
“They think it is important for TROY to contribute to things for the greater good,” he said. “They think it is good for TROY for people at TROY to be engaged with the community, whether it is the local community, the regional community or the national community.”
He said the position also allows him to interact with previous Olympic medal winners.
“Sitting across the table from gold medalists is a unique experience,” Dasinger said. “They are all very nice and very appreciative to have the skills and background I bring to the table. I am very pleased with where we’re heading.”
Dasinger said he is excited to continue in his role and grateful for the opportunity to spotlight TROY University on a global scale.
“It is really an honor for me to be invited to be a member of such a prominent, national and international effort, and in so doing, it brings credit to TROY University because we play such an important role,” he said.