Hempstead, NY - Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz announced on May 15 that the University had hired Jeffrey A. Hathaway, formerly the Director of Athletics for the University of Connecticut and the outgoing chairman of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, as Hofstra University’s new Vice President and Director of Athletics.
“In collegiate athletics, the name Jeff Hathaway means success on any number of levels: in the classroom, on the playing field, in the boardroom, with donors and the media. Most importantly, Jeff’s focus on excellence, ethics, leadership and academics will allow the Hofstra Pride athletics program to move to the next level of excellence,” said Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz. “His tenure at the University of Connecticut was one of unprecedented growth, and under his leadership, we look forward to ushering in a new era of Hofstra Pride athletic success.”
“I am excited to join the Hofstra University community and to have the opportunity to provide leadership and serve the student-athletes, coaches and staff in this outstanding athletics program,” commented Hathaway. “I particularly would like to thank President Stuart Rabinowitz for allowing me to become part of the Hofstra University family.
Throughout my career I have been be part of programs that have competed against Hofstra and I have seen firsthand the success the Pride has had over the years. My primary focus will be on the academic achievement of our student-athletes and providing them the opportunity to participate and achieve in their academic and athletic endeavors as we prepare them for their lives after graduation from Hofstra.”
Hathaway is signing a 5-year agreement with Hofstra University. He will begin in June 2012, at a date to be determined later this week. Eastman & Beaudine assisted in the search, and President Rabinowitz, consistent with the need for confidentiality and speed, consulted with members of the Hofstra University Board of Trustees as appropriate.
“We had an opportunity to bring Jeff to Hofstra so we moved quickly to come to an agreement,” said President Rabinowitz. “We want to thank Danny McCabe and the athletics staff for ensuring a smooth transition.”
Hathaway and President Rabinowitz also confirmed an agreement with Acting Athletic Director Danny McCabe to remain the program’s Executive Associate Director of Athletics.
About Jeffrey Hathaway
Jeffrey A. Hathaway guided the University of Connecticut (UConn) Division of Athletics through an unprecedented period of academic and athletic achievement during his eight years as Director of Athletics, from 2003 - 2011. At the same time, he became an influential leader for college athletics on both the national and conference level.
Hathaway played a vital role in UConn’s success story for nearly 20 years as he was the Executive Associate Director of Athletics at the school from 1990-2001. In his two years away from the Storrs campus, Hathaway enjoyed a successful tenure as the Director of Athletics at Colorado State University from 2001-03.
During Hathaway’s career, he has always made the academic success of student-athletes a top priority. In the classroom, more than 50% of UConn’s 650 student-athletes achieved a 3.0 “B-or better” semester grade point average during the spring and/or fall semesters of the 2010 calendar year, including 16 who earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average. In addition, the Division of Athletics has consistently maintained a 99 percent academic retention rate among its student-athletes.
The University of Connecticut was saluted for its community service efforts by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) three times under Hathaway’s watch for its community service efforts. UConn was also honored by the NCAS in 2006 and ’07 for its efforts to assist former student-athletes in earning their college degree.
Hathaway’s leadership positions have extended beyond the campus. He recently completed a five-year term as a member of the prestigious NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, representing the BIG EAST Conference, serving as chair in 2011-12. As a member of the ten-person committee, Hathaway took part in the selection and administration of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship and the administration of the CBS/Turner television contract.
During his tenure at both Colorado State and UConn, he was a member of the NCAA Division I Championships/Competition Cabinet. On the conference level, Hathaway was the chair of the BIG EAST Athletic Directors Executive Committee through November of 2009. He is also past chairman of the BIG EAST Championship and Competition Committee as well as the league’s Finance Committee. Hathaway is a member of the Division I-A Athletic Directors Association Board of Trustees and on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). In 2004, The Sporting News named Hathaway to its “Power 100 List” - comprised of the 100 most powerful people in sports.
During his tenure at the University of Connecticut, private fundraising averaged more than $13 million a year. Hathaway was also responsible negotiating several key revenue and partnership agreements, securing major gifts, and guiding the building of two LEED certified athletic facilities, UConn’s first, which received recognition from the University and from the Connecticut Real Estate Exchange.
Hathaway led a head coaching staff that is one of the most experienced in the country. At the conclusion of Hathaway’s tenure, UConn had 12 head coaches that had been in their current position 10 or more years as of the 2010-11 academic year.
In Hathaway’s final year with UConn, the Huskies experienced great athletic success. The men’s basketball team won its third NCAA Division I Championship while the football team played in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. In addition, the women’s basketball team played in the NCAA Final Four for the fourth-consecutive season and set a college basketball record for most consecutive wins with 90. The UConn baseball team made history with its first-ever appearance in NCAA Super Regional play. The men’s soccer, women’s soccer and field hockey teams participated in NCAA tournaments while representatives from men’s and women’s track and field and women’s diving also took part in NCAA action.
Hathaway originally came to Connecticut in November of 1990 as Senior Associate Athletic Director. In that role, he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Division of Athletics and served as a program administrator for several sports.
During Hathaway’s tenure at Colorado State (from 2001 – 2003), he oversaw a 15-sport program - nine women’s teams and six men’s. Hathaway was an extremely successful fundraiser during his time in Fort Collins. The school drew national attention for a $15.2 million gift for football stadium renovations and expansion.
Prior to joining UConn, Hathaway served in a number of capacities at his alma mater - the University of Maryland - from 1982-90, including Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing and Communications, Acting Assistant Athletics Director for Business Affairs, Athletics Business Manager and men’s basketball trainer.
Hathaway earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Administration from the University of Maryland in 1981. He later received a Master’s Degree in General Administration from the University of Maryland and is currently continuing work on a PhD in the Department of Educational Leadership at the University of Connecticut.
About Hofstra Athletics
Hofstra University is home to 17 intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division I level in the Colonial Athletic Association. These sports include Baseball, Men’s & Women's Basketball, Men’s & Women's Cross Country, Field Hockey, Men’s & Women's Golf, Men’s & Women's Lacrosse, Men’s & Women's Soccer, Softball, Men’s & Women's Tennis, Wrestling, and Volleyball. Since joining the CAA in the 2001-02 academic year, the Hofstra Pride has earned 29 CAA titles and 43 postseason bids (NCAA, NIT, WNIT, CBI).
What they’re saying about Jeff Hathaway
Philip E. Austin, President Emeritus, University of Connecticut
“I had the pleasure of working with Jeff Hathaway through my tenure as president of the University of Connecticut. He was a valuable member of our senior leadership team and led the athletic program to its most successful era. Jeff is committed to not only athletic excellence but also academic excellence, integrity and the overall welfare of student athletes.”
Joseph R. Castiglione, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics, University of Oklahoma
" From our days in college to the many years as colleagues in the profession, I have always known Jeff Hathaway to be a man of character. He has a tenacious work ethic, an innate ability to establish the right vision, mission and values for the organization he leads and a collaborative style to appropriately involve all stakeholders in the process of setting goals and creating the means to achieve them. At the heart of it all is a passionate commitment to creating the best possible environment for student athlete success. Hofstra University made a wonderful decision in hiring Jeff.”
Mark Emmert, President, National Collegiate Athletic Association
"Jeff did a tremendous job as a member and later chair of the Division I Men's Basketball Committee. His efforts directly contributed to lifelong experiences for thousands of student-athletes. I'm confident that he will bring the same dedication and passion to the athletic program and the student-athletes of Hofstra."
Jim Nantz, CBS Sports
“I have known Jeff Hathaway a long time and there is no one I respect more in college athletics than Jeff Hathaway. This is a big day for Hofstra University and the future of Hofstra has been placed in good hands. Jeff is a high-achieving, high-quality person that I have gotten to know well during his tenure as the Chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee. Jeff’s success as a leader speaks for itself. He has the Midas touch!”
Mike Slive, Commissioner, Southeastern Conference
“I have known Jeff Hathaway for many years and had the pleasure of serving with him on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee. Jeff’s extensive experience, his enthusiasm and his energy makes him a leader no matter what room he is in. His commitment to assisting young men and women in getting an education while participating in college sports make him an outstanding choice as Hofstra's new athletics director.”
Mike Tranghese, former Commissioner, Big East Conference
“Jeff is an outstanding administrator who will provide Hofstra with great leadership in the future. He has long been a leader in collegiate athletics and Hofstra will do well with Jeff at the helm. ”
Tom Yeager, Commissioner, Colonial Athletic Association
“Jeff Hathaway is one of the brightest, creative and competent administrators in college athletics. Everyone in the CAA is excited about his joining our team and we look forward to his contribution to the continued success of the Hofstra program and the CAA.”