Indianapolis, Ind. (8/11/15) – Kean University Interim Director of Athletics Jack McKiernan has been appointed as the Chair of the NCAA Division III Football Committee as recently announced by the NCAA.
"The selection of Jack McKiernan as the chair of the NCAA Division III Football Committee is a tremendous honor for Kean University, the New Jersey Athletic Conference, and Jack personally,” stated NJAC Commissioner Terry Small. “He follows in the footsteps of Joy Solomen, the former Director of Athletics at Rowan University, who also was a national football committee chair representing the NJAC. Jack has done an outstanding job as the NJAC football sport chair through a period of great transition with our football membership, and I have every confidence that he will provide the same level of dedicated leadership on the national level."
McKiernan has been at Kean since 2000, spending the first five years as the Sports Information Director, before assuming the Associate Athletic Director role. He is currently tabbed as the Interim Athletics Director after the departure of Chris Morgan in July.
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.
A four-year letter winner for the Rutgers University football squad, McKiernan was the Scarlet Knights' captain as a senior in 1997.
McKiernan 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.
The NCAA committee meets numerous times during the fall via teleconference, at the National Championship in December and at the scheduled retreat during the summer. The committee is responsible for evaluating teams throughout the season and with the selection and creation of the 32-team post-season bracket.