Bob (Cep) Ceplikas, a 1978 graduate of Dartmouth College and 30-year veteran of the college’s staff in athletics and admissions, returned to his post as Deputy Director of Athletics for the 2010-11 academic year after assuming the role of Acting Director of Athletics and Recreation for more than a year.
Upon his graduation, Ceplikas joined the college’s admissions office, where he held four different positions in 11 years. For six of those years (1979-85), he also served as assistant coach of Dartmouth’s varsity women's ice hockey team, helping build that program from a fledgling varsity to a competitive team. After earning a master’s in education from Stanford University in 1990, he returned to Dartmouth as an athletics administrator, and served as Deputy Director of Athletics from 1994 to 2009.
Following Josie Harper’s retirement in 2009, Ceplikas served as Dartmouth’s Acting Director of Athletics and Recreation for 14 months. During that time, he oversaw one of the nation’s most comprehensive athletics programs, including 34 Division I varsity sports, 34 club sports, and a wide range of intramural, physical education, fitness, and recreational offerings. He is credited with spearheading efforts to rebuild a championship-caliber football program; guiding the department through the most significant budget reduction process in the college’s history; reconstituting the Dartmouth College Athletic Council; and overseeing the hiring of new head coaches in men’s basketball, men’s tennis, and sailing.
Upon the appointment of Harry Sheehy as Director of Athletics and Recreation in September 2010, Ceplikas returned to his position as Deputy Director. In that role, he acts on the director’s behalf in a variety of settings and undertakes a wide range of other responsibilities:
• Overseeing the department’s annual giving programs, including the Athletic Sponsor Program (to support recruiting) and individual sports’ Friends Groups, as total donations have swelled from about $500,000 to nearly $3.5 million annually;
• Serving as the coaches’ liaison to the Admissions and Financial Aid Offices, recently collaborating with Admissions to develop and implement a much more effective framework for athletic recruiting;
• Playing a central role in the planning and coordination of athletic facility improvements totaling $95 million, including Boss Tennis Center, Scully-Fahey Field, Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse, Zimmerman Fitness Center, and Floren Varsity House;
• Overseeing the marketing and promotions area;
• Assisting the director with long-range planning, external relations, and overall management of the department.
Ceplikas has also been President of EARC Rowing, Chair of the ECAC Hockey Executive Committee and currently serves on the DHMC Assembly of Overseers. He was also a long-time volunteer youth hockey coach and headed the Lebanon High School varsity girls’ ice hockey team for three years, guiding them to the state championship game in 2009.
Ceplikas and his wife Lynn, who teaches English at Hanover High School, reside in Lebanon. Their daughter Holly, is a member of the Dartmouth Class of 2013, and their son Luke, is a member of the University of Vermont Class of 2015.