Associate Athletic Director for Academic
Named associate athletic director in the fall of
1991, Melissa Harwood-Rom joined the University of Arkansas in 1989
counselor. Responsible for the academic development of the University's
female athletes, Harwood-Rom oversees a staff of four. Harwood-Rom
and her staff had another banner year in the classroom with
a total of 54 Academic Champions (4.00 semester grades) during the 2002-03
A veteran NCAA peer reviewer, Harwood-Rom recently
completed her fifth site visit. She also serves as a member of the Fayetteville
Parks Department Youth Soccer Advisory Board.
A University of Arkansas alumna, Harwood-Rom earned
her degree with honors in English in 1979. She completed a master's in
English at Oklahoma State, then finished a second master's in economics
at Washington State.
Her husband, Dr. Curt R. Rom, is a professor of horticulture
at the University. The Roms have two daughters, 10-year-old Zoe, and