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Melissa Harwood-Rom
Associate Athletic Director for Academic Affairs
     Named associate athletic director in the fall of 1991, Melissa Harwood-Rom joined the University of Arkansas in 1989 as academic 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 academic year.
     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 seven-year-old Clio.

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