July 7, 2012

Reason for investigation of Merrimack AD still unknown

By Jesse Connolly

According to a report from the Eagle Tribune, Merrimack College is bringing in an outside firm to investigate the apparent wrongdoings of Athletic Director Glenn Hoffman (North Andover, Mass.), who was placed on paid leave by the school on Monday.

Merrimack has yet to release details as to what the AD has done.

Hoffman, 47, was hired as athletic director back in 2009 and oversees 22 sports teams at the school. Hockey is Merrimack’s lone Division 1 sport.

Hoffman previously worked as an associate athletic director at Niagara University and a senior associate director of athletics at Stony Brook University, both of which are located in New York.

According to the Eagle Tribune’s article, the investigation is being conducted by Bingham McCutchen LLP. It currently does not involve the police or the district attorney’s office.

Hoffman’s wife, Suzanne, has worked at the school since December. Her title is AVP Advancement Communications and Marketing. She previously served as Director of Communications at Governor’s Academy and as Director of Development Communications at the University at Buffalo.

According to Jeffrey Doggett, a spokesman and chief of staff for Merrimack president Christopher Hopey, Suzanne Hoffman was still an employee of the college and wasn’t a part of the investigation. 

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.