Tucson, AZ — The University of Arizona is pleased to welcome Robert Hartman as the new Chair of the Race Track Industry Program (RTIP). Hartman, a graduate of the RTIP, brings a broad range of experience to the role. For over a decade, he held marketing and management positions at the New York Racing Association, Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields. His previous experience also includes serving as the Associate Athletic Director at the University of California, Berkeley and CEO of the American Contract Bridge League.
Hartman sees new possibilities for the RTIP students going forward. “A traditional on-campus four-year education experience may not be the right fit for some prospective RTIP students. We need to meet students where they are by developing offerings tailored to fit their needs. We will explore ideas such as additional remote learning opportunities, certificate programs, international programs and continuing education programs.”
“Listening to the needs of racing industry stakeholders will be an important first step as we begin to reshape the Program,” said Hartman. “The Global Symposium on Racing has been the premier industry gathering for the exchange of ideas and best practices. We plan to continue to build on that success.”