Michael J. Diorka, Member, Board of Supervisor
Dr. Michael J. Diorka retired from The University of Pennsylvania in 2017 after 22 years of service both as a Director of Recreation and Senior Level Associate Director of Athletics for Facility Management since 1996. In these positions, he was the senior administrator overseeing all recreation and intercollegiate facilities and operations, game management and equipment operations. He has also been involved in the day-to-day activities of all of Penn Athletics’ construction projects during the recent Campaign for Penn Athletics which included the George A. Weiss Pavilion, the Donald A. Frey Athletic Training Room; the Penn Park Athletic/Recreation Complex; the Tse Center at Hutchinson Gymnasium; River Fields Park including the move of Rhodes Field and the building of Ellen Vagelos C’90 Field; and the Franklin Field turf, track, and plaza replacement.
Dr. Diorka has been with Penn Athletics since 1996, initially serving as the department’s Director of Recreation and Program Services until his promotion in 2007. In2012, he was a nominee for the University’s Model of Excellence.
Prior to his arrival at Penn, Dr. Diorka was the Director of Recreational Programs at Tulane University in New Orleans from 1988-96. Before that, he was at Saint Joseph’s University as an assistant cross country/track coach (1978-88) and Assistant Director of Intercollegiate Athletics for Recreation and Athletic Facilities (1981-88).
From 1971-81, Dr. Diorka worked at Great Valley High School in Malvern, PA as a teacher, coach, and Director of Student Activities. In 1977, he was honored with the yearbook dedication.
From 2002-09, Dr. Diorka taught courses on “Stadium/Arena Design and Management” as well as “Sport and Recreation Management” at Temple University’s School of Tourism/Hospitality Management. From 2003-05 he taught a course on “The Business of Sport” at Drexel’s Goodwin Evening College of Adult Learning. From 2001-03, he taught “Legal Aspects of Sport” and “Leadership and Management” at Neumann College’s Department of Sport Management; and from 1993-96 he taught “Legal Aspects of Law and Recreation” and “Event and Facility Management” at Tulane’s Department of Sport and Exercise Science. Upon retirement in 2017 from Penn, Dr. Diorka returned to Temple as an Adjunct Professor and taught Stadium and Arena Design and Construction Management and Sport Facility Management in the Master’s degree program in STHM.
Dr. Diorka has also consulted at institutions such as Princeton University, Villanova University, Georgetown University Law School, the University of San Francisco’s Koret Recreational Center, and served in a support capacity for the 1992 U.S. Olympic Committee Track & Field Trials in New Orleans. He also founded the Hawk Harrier (1982) and Gulf States Running Camps (1997) which are still in existence.
In 2010, Dr. Diorka was honored by the Temple Alumni Association with its “Certificate of Honor” in recognition of distinguished contribution to the profession and appreciation of services to sport and recreation.
As your elected Supervisor, you will receive the time, attention and respect as a resident. Operational efficiency and effectiveness will be an integral component in meeting required services. As a resident and taxpayer for 25 years, please know “I am one of you”.
Mike and his wife Roseann of 50 years have four daughters and five grandchildren.