Robert Hartman has been hired as the new chair of the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program, the university announced June 1.
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 RTIP students going forward.
“A traditional on-campus four-year education experience may not be the right fit for some prospective RTIP students,” he said in a press release. “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,” he added. “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.”
The Arizona program, established in 1974, offers a bachelor of science degree in agriculture with an emphasis on various aspects of the racing industry.