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Beth Rittler Bjork Named HU Assistant AD

Beth Rittler Bjork, HU Asst. AD

Beth Rittler Bjork, a four-letter winner in her athletic days at Hamline, has been named Assistant Athletic Director for Business Operations at the school. 

“Beth probably knows more about the inner workings of this department than anybody on campus. I couldn't have asked for a better person to assist me day to day during my first stint as AD,” said Jason Verdugo, HU athletic director.. “She is an invaluable help to me. I'm truly grateful for her consistent work ethic and commitment to improve the quality of Hamline Athletics in every way. We are fortunate to have her.”  

Rittler Bjork is responsible for business management of the athletic department as well as student staffing at Walker Fieldhouse.  In addition, she is a longtime member of the Piper Athletic Association.

A member of the athletic department administration since 2005, Rittler Bjork has been serving as the athletic budget director since July 1, 2008. As part of her duties, she also served as the senior woman administrator for the Pipers for the 2007-08 academic year.
As a student-athlete at Hamline University, she was a four-year letter winner in swimming, winning All-MIAC and Honorable Mention honors as part of a Piper contingent that was a consistent challenger for the MIAC Championship. Rittler Bjork earned four Honorable Mention All-American honors in 1987 and 1988.

Prior to coming to work at Hamline, Bjork served as treasurer and assistant coach for Star Swim Club, Inc.  Additionally, she worked for many years in human resources as well as operations management for a small biotechnology firm based in Arden Hills, Minn.

The Burlington, Iowa native graduated in 1991 with a degree in Management and Psychology.

She and her husband, Steve, are the parents of two children – Erin, who will be a freshman at George Washington University in Washington, DC and Ben, who will be a freshman at St. Thomas Academy.