Jill Krantz Headshot

Executive Director of Campus Recreation at the University of Pittsburgh Announced

The Division of Student Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that Jill Krantz has been named the executive director of campus recreation, effective October 28, 2019.
 
As executive director of campus recreation, Krantz will oversee the construction of the new wellness and recreation center scheduled to open in 2023. The center will be one of the largest construction projects in recent campus history. Krantz will also be responsible for the oversight and management of other campus recreation facilities, operations, personnel, budget, programs and services (including recreation sports, both intramural and club), fitness, wellness, aquatics, and outdoor programs. The executive director will also support university-wide initiatives and events pertaining to student wellness.
 
“Jill has the demonstrated leadership ability, professional knowledge, and enthusiasm to lead the University in this next stage of campus development,” said Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner. “My team and I are looking forward to working closely with Jill as she gets to know Pitt and as she brings her own vision for how to best serve our students, staff, and faculty.”
 
“I’m honored to be joining the University of Pittsburgh and to be part of supporting its exceptional commitment to recreation and wellness,” said Krantz. “It’s especially exciting to be involved in helping to shape the future of Campus Recreation and to work with an incredible team.”
 
Krantz served for more than six years as associate athletics director and department director of intramural-recreational sports at the University of Virginia (UVA), where she arrived in 2010 as an assistant athletics director for intramural-recreation sports.
 
Before her tenure at UVA, Krantz held a variety of positions: serving as the facility manager at the Chilson Recreation/Senior Center in Loveland, Colo.; as a principal with GreenPlay, LLC, where she was involved in strategic planning for facility and recreation operations; as the Recreation and Tourism Director/Instructor in the School of Business at the University of Colorado; and as the recreation supervisor for Onslow County, N.C. She is an active member of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and of NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation.
 
Krantz has master’s degrees in public administration and in parks, recreation, and tourism management from North Carolina State University, and she earned her bachelor’s degree in park and recreation administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
 
Jill and her husband, Mike, have two grown sons and enjoy outdoor pursuits including skiing, cycling, and hiking with Vader, their 100 lb. German Shepard.