Aug. 17, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut Executive Director of Recreational Services Patti Bostic has retired from her position after serving the UConn community for 24 years. In her role, Bostic was responsible for the management of a comprehensive recreational sports program, which services student, faculty and staff at UConn. Recreational Services has nearly 600,000 participations on an annual basis.
“I want to congratulate Patti on her retirement,” says UConn Director of Athletics Warde Manuel. “She has been a valuable member of the entire campus community and through her efforts she has helped enhance the quality of lifestyle for the UConn family.”
Bostic played a valuable role on the UConn campus as she served on a number of University committees, including the planning committee for the Husky Week of Welcome, the Environmental Policy Advisory Committee, the Commission on Substance Abuse, the President’s Committee on the Status of Women and with the Center for Persons with Disabilities.
“Patti Bostic has tirelessly provided a rich, creative recreation and intramural program for our students, which plays an essential part of building community,” said UConn Vice President for Student Affairs John R. Saddlemire. “She also established Recreational Services as one of the most coveted places for students to work on campus. She leaves UConn with a strong program and a solid reputation nationally.”
Bostic was an extremely active member of NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation during her career at UConn. She was the group’s president in 2000-01 and was presented with the group’s Honor Award in 2010. She served more years in elected positions on the NIRSA Board of Directors than anyone else in the history of the organization.
“Patti Bostic has been an inspiration and model leader for our association,” said Pam Watts, Executive Director of NIRSA. “She has shared her passion and expertise through service at nearly every level—from committees to Board of Directors, and just about everywhere in between—and in nearly every realm. She has added value to NIRSA’s fundraising arm, the NIRSA Foundation, and to our entrepreneurial efforts, the NIRSA Services Corporation. She embodies all of the characteristics we aspire to as an association and with her selection as the 2010 NIRSA Honor Award we happily recognized her with our association’s most valued distinction. Her tireless and selfless work in service of this profession is only equaled by her outstanding and truly transformative achievements for the UConn campus community.”
Bostic came to UConn in July of 1988 after serving as the Director of Intramurals and Recreational Activities at Stony Brook University for five years. Prior to her time at Stony Brook, she was a member of the Department of Physical Education at Marshall University, serving as an activities supervisor from 1981-83.
A native of White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Bostic earned her undergraduate degree in physical education from Marshall in 1979 and added a master’s degree from Marshall in ’81.