Friday, December 27, 2013

Mami Tomoe stepping down, Rika Shinozaki moving on

Mami Tomoe stepping down, Rika Shinozaki moving on

By Natsumi Koshigaya
The Daily Magi
January 9, 2060


Mitakihara Magi athletic director Mami Tomoe will be retiring from the university at the end of the 2059-60 college sports season, it was announced today at a press conference at Hakurei Centre. Tomoe had been the athletic director at Mitakihara University since the 2037-38 college sports season, and her retirement will cap off over two decades of work in leading one of the powerful athletic departments in all of NCAA Division I Athletics.

As a result, assistant athletic director Nagisa Momoe will be taking over as the head athletic director. Momoe has been groomed to Tomoe to take over the office for the past few year, and now the torch will officially be passed. Kyouko Sakura will be taking over as assistant athletic director.

"To all of the people that I have worked with over the years-the administration, the faculty, my family, Tatsuya, of course, the students and fans and people I work with abroad...thank you for making my job easier and for supporting me through my 22 years of being the athletic director of Mitakihara University," Tomoe said, trying to hold back tears. "I've seen this place grow and become one of the best places to learn and play, and we've had our shares of ups and downs, but we've pulled ourselves together and got the job done.

"I am not going to forget everything that I've experience being a part of this university because you've made it a great journey for me. I thank you all, and I wish you well in the future."

"It's going to be a challenge to replace someone like Ms. Tomoe, but I am confident that I can help lead this university's athletic department into the next decade or so," Momoe said. "I want to thank Ms. Tomoe for handing to torch to me and now I am ready to light the way for our wonderful student athletes of the Rose, Pink and White."

Meanwhile, Japan Campus provost Rika Shinozaki will be leaving the university to accept a similar position with the University of Tokyo. Satone Shichimiya, a native of Tokyo and a graduate of the Mitakihara University Class of 2018, will be taking over the role of Japan Campus provost effective April of 2060.

"I've been working in the academic halls of different universities in Japan and when I found out about this opening from Yuusha (Yuta Togashi, a friend of Shichimiya), I decided to take advantage of it," Shichimiya said. "So I look forward to my role in helping our students at the Japan Campus succeed academically and become leaders and true professionals of superior character and integrity."

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