Sean Beirne, an early graduate of the University of Louisville's Equine Industry Program in the College of Business, has been named the program's new director.
Beirne, who has worked in various capacities in the horse racing industry nationwide, has most recently been employed by industry vendor Roberts Communications Network. He was on the Colorado Racing Commission for the past eight years, serving as chairman from July 2015 to June 2017.
“On Nov. 1, I will begin what I consider to be my 'dream job,'” Beirne said. “I am thrilled beyond words to receive the opportunity to come back to my alma mater and prepare students to become the future leaders of our great sport of horse racing.”
He replaces Tim Capps, who died following a stroke in April 2017.
Beirne earned his bachelor's degree from the equine program in 1990. He earned his first undergraduate degree, in political science, from UofL in 1986.
Beirne and his wife, Mary, are both Louisville natives. Mary Beirne graduated from UofL's School of Nursing.
The Equine Industry Program at UofL is an accredited business degree with an equine focus. Graduates can be found in all aspects of the industry, from training to broadcasting.
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