By Garrett Smith

OXFORD, Ohio - Miami University's new Alumni in Residence program proudly welcomes the return of renowned sports and entertainment executive Bobby Goldwater ('74) to campus on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Goldwater most recently played a pivotal role in the formation of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), which the RedHawks will begin playing in for the 2013-2014 inaugural season.

Goldwater comes back to Oxford to speak as part of the Alumni in Residence program, sponsored by the Sports Leadership and Management (SLAM) program, the School of Education, Health & Society and the Department of Kinesiology and Health. He will be discussing his expertise and experiences from 7 to 8 p.m. in 322 McGuffey Hall with a lecture titled "Every Game Counts."

Goldwater is widely regarded as one of the most established and successful individuals in the sports, entertainment and facility management industry. His successful career includes executive positions in New York City overseeing Madison Square Garden, in Los Angeles at the Staples Center and in the nation's capital as President and Executive Director of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission. Goldwater also teaches at Georgetown University, where he is a professor in their Master of Professional Studies in Sports Industry Management program.

Goldwater is currently president of The Goldwater Group, a management and consulting company. The Goldwater Group, alongside Stafford Sports, was commissioned by the founding members of the NCHC to help with planning, coordination and execution of several key projects. Miami University is one of the six founding members of the conference, along with Colorado College, Denver, Minnesota Duluth, Nebraska-Omaha and North Dakota. St. Cloud State and Western Michigan have since joined the league, which starts in 2013-14.

Goldwater graduated from Miami University in 1974 with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in American Studies. While at Miami, Goldwater was actively involved in various student organizations, namely The Miami Student and the Men's Glee Club. With The Student, Goldwater served as co-sports editor for two years and as editor-in-chief his senior year. He served as vice president of Miami Men's Glee Club for two years and received the Scott Alexander Award, which is given annually to the Glee Club's most outstanding member.

In 2008 Goldwater was recognized with the GIGI Award of Excellence from the Event and Arena Marketing Conference for his significant contributions to professionalize and educate event marketers in the live entertainment business. He also spoke at Miami in 2004 at the Senior Last Lecture.

The Alumni in Residence program is a collaborative effort of Career Services, divisional and departmental sponsors and the Development Office. For more information, click here.