Announcing Interim Director of Athletic Study Center

June 3, 2024

Dear Campus Community,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Tarik Glenn as interim director of the Athletic Study Center. Tarik is stepping into the role as former executive director, Derek Van Rheenen, returns to his roots as a longstanding faculty member in the Berkeley School of Education. Tarik is currently the deputy director of operations for the Athletic Study Center and will also continue in that role.  

Tarik brings a deep history and understanding of Cal Athletics and the challenges student athletes face. Tarik’s association with UC Berkeley began in 1993 when he enrolled as a freshman. He graduated from Cal with a degree in Social Welfare and a storied legacy as a member of the Cal football team. His connection to our campus was reignited when he joined the Athletic Study Center staff in 2014, following a Hall of Fame professional career in the National Football League. During the past 10 years, he has focused on building end-to-end support for UC Berkeley student athletes from admissions to graduation. Tarik’s extensive partnerships across campus have helped give these students access to the resources they need to succeed in academics and in their communities. In the rapidly changing landscape of college athletics, Tarik’s experience and skill will be essential resources for our student athletes as they navigate these challenging times. 

I am also grateful that Derek Van Rheenen will continue as a special advisor to the Athletic Study Center for a transitional period to support Tarik in this new role.

Please join me in congratulating Tarik on his appointment as the interim director of the Athletic Study Center. I am immensely grateful to him for stepping up at this time to fill this critical position. 

With gratitude,

Oliver O’Reilly
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education 

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