The center operates on a budget of around $6.4 million a year. A few months ago, Congress awarded the center a $2.2 million grant spread over three years, but with the caveat that the money could not be used for investigations .
The center has received criticism for not acting quickly or decisively enough in some cases, and for not publishing a comprehensive banned list that covers all sports — a project still ongoing.
Pfohl, however, has deftly handled her appearances before Congressional committees looking into the abuse scandals, explaining the complexities for a startup designed to take responsibility for misconduct claims that used to be handled by the U.S. Olympic Committee and the dozens of individual sports organizations it oversees.
“I deeply believe that our nation’s sport culture must change if we are to see athlete well-being at its centerpiece — that’s what the U.S. Center for SafeSport is all about,” Pfohl said in a statement announcing her departure.
Regis Becker, a member of the center’s board of directors, will serve as interim CEO after Pfohl’s departure next month.