BABSON PARK, Mass—Following nearly three decades of service to the Babson College athletic department, assistant athletics director of facilities and recreation Andy Dutton announced his resignation last week to become the general manager of the Beede Swim and Fitness Center in the town of Concord.
Dutton, who came to Babson in the fall of 1990, served in a variety of roles during his 28 years in the athletic department. After starting as an intern, he joined the full-time staff as the building and equipment room manager in the winter of 1991. Dutton was the Beavers' sports information director for three years in the early 1990s and also served as the head softball coach for six seasons from 1994-99.
Dutton took over as the department's facilities manager in 1996, and also served as the coordinator of intramurals and recreation before being named assistant athletics director of facilities and recreation during the summer of 2008. In addition to his responsibilities overseeing the Webster Center, athletic fields and intramural and recreational offerings, Dutton was also tasked with managing the Babson Skating Center.
"It has been so great to grow with Babson over the years," said Dutton. "It is a special place that starts with its amazing group of committed employees. My future definitely involves following Beaver teams and the nicely timed BRAC expansion. I'm really looking forward to being a recreational leader with the town of Concord as Beede is a diamond in the rough!"
A 2003 winner of the Babson 4C's Award given to employees who reflect the College's core values, strategy and mission in their everyday work, Dutton worked with a number of campus and outside groups to host countless events at Babson's athletic facilities. He has also been heavily involved with the $52 million Babson Recreation and Athletic Center (BRAC) expansion project, which is slated to open in the fall of 2019.
"Andy is going to be sorely missed," commented Senior Director of Athletics and Athletic Advancement Mike Lynch. "This is one of those bittersweet moments when you have to say goodbye to a really good friend of Babson, a great employee and someone who cared deeply about our student-athletes. The town of Concord is very lucky to have him and we all wish Andy nothing but the best as he moves to the next phase of his career."
A national search to fill the position of associate athletic director of facilities and recreation is underway.
What others are saying about Andy Dutton:
"Andy Dutton's attention to detail, work ethic, and dependability are unequaled. Andy cares about doing the best job possible and always taking care of the little things others might not even notice. He watched over our facilities as if they were his own. Even more importantly, he is a friend and colleague that will be missed. I wish him all the best as he moves on to a new exciting opportunity."
-Jon Anderson, Babson College Associate AD and head men's soccer coach
"Andy is the most loyal and committed colleague I have ever work with at Babson. He does so many things behind the scenes that go unnoticed. He is the nuts and bolts of Babson athletics and we will miss his dedication and allegiance to Babson College."
-Judy Blinstrub, Babson College Associate AD, Senior Woman Administrator and head women's basketball coach
"I have been fortunate to know Andy as an athlete while attending Babson, and a coach and colleague for over 20 years. His meticulous attention to detail and his consistent approach to the greater good of all of Babson students, administrators, and coaches was tested daily. Through all the disagreements and challenging decisions when I called the next day, he would be the first one to help find a solution without hesitation. I wish him the best of luck in this new chapter of his life and am sure he will be successful."
-Jim Castrataro, Babson College Director of Summer Programs
"Andy personifies "unsung hero". Most of his work goes unnoticed until there is a problem and there have been very few problems under Andy's watch. Whether it is making sure that the fields are ready or staffing the sign in desk at 6 am, Andy gets the job done. He also provides the same support to our staff softball games or a tournament final. He will be missed and I hope he can return often."
-George Recck '82 MBA '84, Babson College Director of the Math Resource Center