Jack 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 July of 2015 when he was tabbed as the Acting Athletics Director. McKiernan was formally named the Director of Athletics in October of the same year.
He has served several committee positions both within the conference and NCAA. McKiernan recently concluded a two-year term as President of the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) and currently serves as the NJAC Football sport chair. McKiernan previously served as a four-year member of the NCAA Division III National Baseball Committee and NCAA Division III National Football Committee, serving the last two of each 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.
Having worked for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), Montclair State University and the Meadowlands Racetrack, McKiernan 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, 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.