JERSEY CITY, N.J. (NJCUGothicKnights.com) | New Jersey City University will hold an official meet and greet with Shawn Tucker, its new Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics, on Monday, April 30 at 4 p.m. in the lobby of the John J. Moore Athletics and Fitness Center, located at 110 Culver Avenue in Jersey City. There will be media availability prior to the event at 3:30 p.m.
Tucker, currently the Associate Athletic Director for Student Athlete Development at Rutgers University, was named only the fifth athletic director at NJCU since 1934 on March 28. He will officially begin his tenure with the Gothic Knights on Monday, May 7.
NJCU President Dr. Sue Henderson will make introductory remarks before Tucker is introduced to the university community. After discussing his vision for the future of Gothic Knight athletics, there will be a question and answer session with the audience.
The event will also be streamed live on NJCU's Facebook platform at https://www.facebook.com/NJCUGothicKnights. Questions will also be taken from the community on Facebook.
The event will conclude with an opportunity for all attendees to personally meet NJCU's newest athletic director.
Attendance at the event is free and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Ira Thor, NJCU Director of Athletic Communications and Marketing at 201-200-3301 or 973-420-8466 (cell).
WHO: Shawn Tucker, NJCU's new Associate Vice President and Athletic Director and current Associate Athletic Director for Student Athlete Development at Rutgers University.
WHAT: Meet and Greet with Shawn Tucker to include a question and answer session with the audience.
WHERE: NJCU's John J. Moore Athletics and Fitness Center; 110 Culver Avenue; Jersey City, N.J. 070305
**Guests should park in the Gilligan Student Union Building parking lot on Culver Avenue or in NJCU's parking lots on Westside Avenue.**
WHEN: Monday, April 30 at 4:00 p.m. (media availability at 3:30 p.m.).
ABOUT SHAWN TUCKER: Selected as NJCU's new athletic director following a national search, Tucker, 33, will join an elite club as one of the youngest athletic directors in NCAA Division III. Tucker will be the first African-American athletic director in NJCU history, the seventh ever in New Jersey Athletic Conference history and the only current minority in the league to hold the position.
He will be the first athletic director to serve in the expanded role of associate vice president at NJCU. He succeeds Alice De Fazio, who retired on March 1 after serving 11 years in the position.
Tucker, a former standout at wide receiver on the Rutgers football team, comes to NJCU with nearly 15 years of higher education, intercollegiate athletics, managerial and leadership experience.
In his current role at Rutgers since November 2013, he has had executive oversight over the Rutgers Leadership Academy (RLA), the RLA Advisory Board, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Rutgers Athletics Internship Program and R Care.
Tucker's work in athletic development with the R Fund over the last two years culminated with the team securing the largest gift in Rutgers Athletics history—a $15 million pledge to construct the Gary and Barbara Rodkin Center for Academic Success.
NJCU President Dr. Sue Henderson, the Vice Chair of the NCAA Division III Presidents Council, said: "We had an unbelievable set of finalists for this position, which speaks to NJCU's rise as a destination for talented administrators, faculty and students. Shawn clearly rose to the top of the list. His passion for intercollegiate athletics and his experience using it as a platform for student-athlete development maps directly to my vision for NJCU Athletics."
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