May 20, 2013

Dr. Kevin T. McGinniss Introduced as ECAC Commissioner

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Eastern College Athletic Conference Board of Directors President-Elect Jay Moran has announced that Dr. Kevin T. McGinniss has been named Commissioner of the ECAC.

McGinniss replaces Rudy Keeling who retired at the end of 2012. He will be the eighth commissioner in the 75 year history of the organization.  Current interim commissioner Steve Bamford has held the interim position on two separate occasions.

"The ECAC Board believes that with Dr. McGinniss leading the day-to-day operations of this great conference, that the member institutions and more importantly the student-athletes will be well served,” said Moran who chaired the search committee.  “Dr. McGinniss has 35 years experience working in athletics including 24 in the intercollegiate arena in Divisions I, II, and III.  

“Dr. McGinniss has the knowledge, vision, and passion to move this organization forward.  We are excited for him to accept this great challenge and are confident that the ECAC will flourish under Kevin McGinniss' leadership."

McGinniss comes to the ECAC following six years at the University of Rhode Island where he is the Associate Athletic Director for Development.  Prior to his work with URI, McGinniss was the Director of Athletics at Division II Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.  While at Mercy, McGinniss was nominated to receive the 2007 NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics) Division II Athletics Director of the Year Award. 

“It’s an honor and privilege to be named the next Commissioner of the Eastern College Athletic Conference,” McGininss said. “I’d like to thank the ECAC Board of Directors and its Administrative Committee for having the confidence in me and my abilities to afford me this wonderful opportunity. I am excited and look forward to working with the Board and serving the membership as we advance the mission of this great organization.” 

McGinniss holds a doctorate in education from Columbia University with a dual specialization in Sport and Physical Education Pedagogy/Administration of Physical Education and Athletics.  He earned both a bachelor of science and master of science from Southern Connecticut State University.

”The Board made a very wise choice in selecting Kevin.  He is the right person at the right time to lead the ECAC into the future. This is a critical juncture in the history of the ECAC and selecting the right person was paramount,” according to ECAC Interim Commissioner Steve Bamford.  “Kevin has the required skill-sets to provide the guidance and leadership to push the ECAC to new heights. I am excited and happy for the staff as they will quickly see Kevin's vision and leadership come to the fore. He is a consensus builder, a person who engages people and energizes all those around him.”

Major Accomplishments

  • Successfully directed Quinnipiac University’s $25 million capital campaign to raise funds necessary to construct the Northeast region’s most modern and comprehensive facility for Division I Athletics.  Instrumental in securing the $5 Million lead gift, the largest single financial commitment in the University’s history.
  • University of Rhode Island Athletics fundraising has achieved record levels since 2007
  • Directed and completed the athletics component of URI’s $100 million “Making a Difference” capital campaign, inclusive of campaign strategy and implementation, providing structure and direction to the Campaign Leadership Committee.  Exceeded campaign goal by 20%.
  • Procured the largest single outright gift to URI Athletics; $1.4 million for capital.
  • Assisted in the planning and opening of Lehman College’s $65 million, 150,000 square foot athletics and recreation complex.  Included staffing and purchasing of equipment and supplies.
  • As head men’s basketball coach, led the 1993-94 Lehman College men’s basketball team to a first place finish in the CUNYAC North Division earning an ECAC post season tournament bid.
  • As athletics director led two departments from relative obscurity to being high profile and highly competitive.
  • Nominated for 2007 NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics) Director of the Year award.
  • Nominated for 2013 NAADD (National Association of Athletic Development Directors) Fundraiser of the Year award.

Employment History

  • Associate Director of Athletics for Advancement, University of Rhode Island, 2007-2013
  • Director of Athletics, Mercy College, 2005-2007
  • Director of Athletic Development, Quinnipiac University, 2001-2005
  • Director of Athletic Development/Director of Institutional Advancement, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, 1997-2000
  • Director of Intercollegiate Athletics & Recreation/Head Coach, Men’s Basketball, Lehman College, the City University of New York, 1992-1994
  • Director of Athletic Development/Director of Alumni Affairs/Assistant Coach Men’s Basketball, Southern Connecticut State University, 1989-1992

About the ECAC

The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) is the nation’s largest athletic conference and the only multidivisional conference, with 302 Division I, II and III colleges and universities from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Utah. Established in 1938 the ECAC is celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2013.

Previous ECAC Commissioners

1938 – 1970 Asa S. Bushnell

1970 – 1972 George Shiebler

1972 - 1989  Robert M. “Scotty” Whitelaw

1989 - 1998 Clayton Chapman

1998 – 2006 Phil Buttafuocco

2006 – 2007 Steve Bamford (Interim)

2007 – 2012 Rudy Keeling

2013 - present  Steve Bamford (Interim)