Retiring Faculty Athletics Representative Harps-Logan Will Be Missed

KINGSTON, R.I. – After six years as the University of Rhode Island Faculty Athletics Representative, Dr. Yvette Harps-Logan is departing the role in conjunction with her retirement as an associate professor.

Harps-Logan joined the athletics department as the Faculty Athletics Representative at the start of the 2012-13 academic calendar and has been an integral part of the athletics department since. An associate professor in the Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design, Harps-Logan has been at URI for nearly three decades.  

"Yvette Harps-Logan was the epitome of what I believe a Faculty Athletic Representative should be," Rhode Island Director of Athletics Thorr Bjorn said. "She was an incredible advocate for our student athletes. Yvette served as a valued advisor to me as it related to University issues."

In addition to her role as Faculty Athletics Representative, Harps-Logan was the chair of URI's Athletics Advisory Board, a member of the Athletics Hall of Fame Committee and served on several NCAA committees. She often traveled with Rhode Island's teams and provided mentorship and support for all student athletes.

"What made Yvette so unique in my opinion was the love and care she showed all of our student athletes before and after every game," Bjorn said. "Our students knew who she was, what role she played and how much she cared. Yvette will be missed."

Coaches and staff members gathered at the Mews in Wakefield Wednesday evening to give Harps-Logan a sendoff. Bjorn presented her with a rocking chair.

Harps-Logan earned her bachelor of Science from Radford University, then a master's degree in Apparal and Textiles from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, where she also earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Apparel and Textiles.

After nine years as an assistant professor at Mississippi State, she came to Rhode Island in 1989 as an instructor and was promoted to assistant professor a year later. In 1997, she was promoted to associate professor. In addition, she has spent 11 years as a summer freshmen orientation leader and spent 10 years as an advisor for URI's University College, logging time advising more than 1,300 students.