Union, N.J. (10/30/15) – Kean University has named Jack McKiernan the new Director of Athletics and Recreation, as he becomes the University’s seventh athletic director in school history. McKiernan, who has been serving in an acting capacity, begins immediately.
"I am deeply honored and excited to be given the responsibility to lead the department of Athletics and Recreation,” stated McKiernan. “This is a great time to be a part of the Kean family and I intend on working to lead the department to get to the next level. Words cannot express my gratitude and deep appreciation for this opportunity given to me by President, Dr. Dawood Farahi and Vice President Phil Connelly.”
McKiernan has been at Kean since 2000 when he was hired as the Sports Information Director. He was promoted to the Associate Athletic Director position five years later and held that title until this past July when he was tabbed as the Acting Athletics Director after the departure of Chris Morgan in July.
He is the currently the chair of the NCAA Division III National Football Committee and New Jersey Athletic Conference Football sport chair. Moreover, he recently concluded a two-year term as President of the conference. McKiernan previously served as a four-year member of the NCAA Division III National Baseball Committee, serving the last two as the national chair.
In January of 2015 McKiernan graduated from the NCAA Pathway Program. He was one of 12 athletic administrators from all three NCAA Divisions to graduate from the 2014-15 class of the NCAA Pathway Program and was one of four representatives from Division III. The NCAA Pathway Program services all senior-level athletics administrators at NCAA member institutions who wish to become director of athletics as their next career step. The program is working to provide national exposure to the participants and to facilitate the opportunity to obtain information and career guidance from the leadership of intercollegiate athletics across the country. Participants gained a better understanding of the role of directors of athletics in all NCAA divisions and gained an in-depth look into the NCAA governance structure. They were matched up with a director of athletics in the NCAA membership who provided guidance and mentorship as they continue their current careers and pursue future career aspirations. They were also matched up with a NCAA member institution president/chancellor and participated in a two day campus visit.
In 2011, he was honored by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) with a Service Award given in recognition of service and contributions to interscholastic athletics.
McKiernan worked for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), Montclair State University and the Meadowlands Racetrack and returned to his alma mater Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick in 1999 as a graduate assistant. His term in New Brunswick was highlighted when, as a media assistant, he traveled with the women's basketball team during the NCAA Tournament all the way to the 2000 Final Four in Philadelphia, Pa., not long before accepting his post at Kean.
A four-year letter winner for the Rutgers football squad, he was the Scarlet Knights' captain as a senior in 1997.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science and sports studies from Rutgers University in 1998 and a Master of Arts in administration and supervision from Montclair State University in 2000.
McKiernan continued, "I have been committed throughout my career to developing student-athletes and athletics staff to be leaders both inside the classroom and on the court and playing fields. As a leader, I will continue to push our department to strive for excellence in everything we do, and I am looking forward to the tremendous opportunities that lie ahead.”