Running unopposed this past weekend at the US Aquatics Sports Convention in Greensboro, North Carolina, Bruce Stratton was re-elected for a 2nd two-year term as the President of USA Swimming. He ran unopposed at the convention.
This role entails a number of far-reaching powers, including the responsibility for directing, supervising, and coordinating all activities of USA Swimming, and serving as the primary spokesperson for USA Swimming on matters of policy.
Stratton, in his role of president, also directs and supervises USA Swimming’s Safe Sport program, designed to protect athletes from sexual abuse.
Stratton took over the positiong from Jim Wood during a very hectic time, when the National Team Director had just been relieved of his duties, and the sexual abuse scandal was first exploding into the national spotlight.
Among his initial platform for candidacy included a focus on the Make a Splash program, athlete protection, and increasing the involvement of women in the coaching and leadership ranks of USA Swimming. Stratton, a Certified Public Accountant, was previously the treasurer of USA Swimming and as the Chair of the Rules & Regulations committee, and in more than a decade of service has had his hands in just about every aspect of the organization.
Interestingly, Stratton’s financial background has paid off financially; in minutes from various Board of Directors meetings from earlier this year, USA Swimming earned over a 7% return on their investment portfolio in the 1st quarter alone (a significant figure), and were well ahead of their budget.