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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VAAdrien Harraway, the director of academic affairs for football in the Virginia athletics department since June of 2007, has been promoted to assistant athletics director for academic affairs for football. Associate Athletics Director for Academic Affairs Jim Booz made the announcement of Harraway’s promotion on Wednesday (Nov. 17).

“Adrien has added a level of consistency and support to the football student-athletes that is necessary in order for our program to reach its goals,” Booz said. “He has demonstrated exemplary commitment to the students and staff with whom he works. Adrien has worked hard for this promotion and I’m happy for him.”

Harraway’s department oversees the academic advising, counseling and support for football student-athletes including registration procedures, tracking degree requirements and academic performance, assisting with career planning and providing instruction on utilizing other University academic resources. His responsibilities include monitoring the academic performance and coordinating eligibility review for all student-athletes in the football program, managing and coordinating services with various departmental and University offices, coordinating student-athlete orientations, and maintaining appropriate files and records.

“I’m very excited for Adrien,” said Virginia head football coach Mike London. “When I first got here in December we sat down and developed a plan for how we wanted to approach grade point averages, study halls, class checking and all those things. In collaboration with Adrien we implemented a lot of things and at the end of the spring semester we had the highest cumulative spring semester grade point average football has had in the last 10 years and the highest summer school grade point average. I think this is largely due to his efforts and the efforts of his staff working closely with the student-athletes and the football staff. I congratulate him on his promotion and I know he’ll continue to do good things for the student-athletes.”

Harraway has worked in the Virginia athletics department’s academic affairs area since the summer of 2005, including as an academic coordinator/assistant director of academic affairs for football. He came to Virginia after earning a master’s degree in higher education administration from Arizona State in 2005. While at Arizona State, he worked as a graduate assistant in the area of academic support with the football program from 2003-2005.

He was an administrative intern for the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics from 2002-03. In that role he served as an assistant liaison for the International Collegiate Licensing Association, the National Association of Athletics Development Officers and the Division I-AA Athletics Directors Association.

“I’m happy to see Adrien take this additional step as part of his overall career advancement,” said Virginia Executive Associate Director of Athletics Jon Oliver. “I’ve had the opportunity to observe and work with Adrien under two football coaches. His ability to work with student-athletes, coaches and other constituent groups has provided a level of consistency and improvement for football academic support that is a direct result of Adrien’s ability to lead a staff of exceptional people in their efforts to meet the goals of the department.”

Harraway earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from Northern Iowa in 2002. He played football at Northern Iowa and lettered three years as a safety.

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