Centenary Chooses Spencer

September 7, 2018

Travis Spencer, a talented administrator with 18 years of collegiate athletic experience, has been named the Director of Athletics at Centenary University by Kerry Mullins, Centenary's Vice President of Student Life.

"I'm very excited to welcome Travis Spencer to the Cyclone family and I look forward to working with him," said Mullins. "Travis is a very talented professional who comes to us with a wealth of athletic related experience that will be invaluable to our community and the future of our Cyclone Athletics program."

Spencer comes to Hackettstown after spending 13 years at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He had most recently served as the Director of Business Development, a position he assumed in March of 2010. In that role, he worked with the sales and marketing teams to plan, budget and execute marketing plans while playing a significant role in the event management team that scheduled over a 100 events per year.   He assisted with the redesign of the website and helped senior leadership with the day-to-day workings of the department.

In addition, Spencer served as a key member of the Athletics Business Services team as manager of corporate sales at Lehigh from 2005 to January of 2016 and assisting other revenue generating operations within the department such as ticketing sales, facility rentals, and camps. In this position, he handled all aspects of the athletic department's corporate affiliate program.  Spencer redesigned marketing and communication pieces while establishing strong relationships with media outlets in the area.

Spencer was Lehigh's Assistant Director for Athletics Partnership from 2005 until February of 2010. He managed the athletics' fundraising program and coordinated alumni events for the various teams. Spencer designed and produced solicitation materials while implementing a fundraising campaign that now consistently generates over two million dollars annually for Lehigh Athletics.  

"I am excited to bring my lengthy experience in intercollegiate athletics as a player, coach, and administrator to Centenary University. I have worked in various areas of the athletics department while at Lehigh and I am confident that I can contribute in keeping this athletics department progressing forward," said Spencer.

Spencer got his career started as the assistant wrestling coach at the University of Scranton in 1998. He taught technical skills to the team, recruited student-athletes and worked on the travel schedule. Spencer also managed the budget and assisted with the planning and running of two conference championships and the 2002 Division III National Wrestling Tournament.

While Spencer was working with the wrestling team at Scranton, he was an account executive for the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Red Barons. His main responsibilities included selling season and group tickets and credits this beginning in helping him understand the value of people within a community.

Spencer earned his Bachelor of Science in business management from the University of Scranton in 1998, where he was a member of the wrestling team. He earned a Master of Science in physical education with a concentration in sport management from Old Dominion University in 2005. Spencer is currently working towards a Master of Educational Leadership from Lehigh University and is expected to graduate in December of 2019.

Spencer is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and a member of ACCED-I. He is also a certified PIAA wrestling official and has served on various boards at Lehigh University and in the Lehigh Valley community.

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