FDU Hires Hurlbut

February 5, 2019

Fairleigh Dickinson University announced today that Bradford D. Hurlbut will be the new Director of Athletics at the University's Metropolitan Campus, home of the Division I Knights. He will begin his new role at Fairleigh Dickinson University on Feb. 18, 2019.
 
Hurlbut comes to FDU from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., another member of the Northeast Conference, where he has served as Deputy Director of Athletics since 2013. During his tenure at Sacred Heart, the Pioneers won two NEC Commissioner Cup trophies, three Women's Cup titles, and set the Conference standard for community service three times and overall program GPA twice. Prior to coming to Sacred Heart, Hurlbut spent time working in the West Coast Conference commissioner's office, after a 17-year stint on the executive athletics team at Northwestern University.
 
"I am thrilled and truly humbled to become the next Director of Athletics at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Metropolitan Campus," said Hurlbut. "My sincere gratitude to President Capuano and the members of the search committee for choosing me to lead the Athletics Department during this transformative period at FDU. The vision set forth in the University's Strategic Plan, coupled with the incredible location of the Metropolitan Campus and the infectious energy exhibited to me during the interview process, makes this a tremendous opportunity!"
 
"I am looking forward to collaborating with FDU's passionate faculty, staff, administrators and coaches in delivering an exceptional experience for our talented student-athletes academically, athletically and socially," continued Hurlbut. "Together, we will work relentlessly to make a positive impact in the community and establish a culture where teams compete for and win championships in all sports!"  
  
"Fairleigh Dickinson is committed to raising its athletic programs to a higher level of prominence and distinction within the Northeast Conference and within the New York City metro region more broadly, and I am confident that Brad Hurlbut possesses the leadership acumen and determination to make this happen fairly quickly," said President Christopher A. Capuano.
 
Hurlbut will replace David Langford, who retired in June 2018 after serving the University for 15 years. Cathy Liggett, Associate Athletic Director for Facilities and Operations at Fairleigh Dickinson's Metropolitan Campus, served as interim director of athletics as a national search was conducted with Greg Santore of Odgers Berndtson over the past several months.
 
"I'd like to thank Cathy, Greg and the search committee, led by Rick Reiss, the University's Senior Vice President for Advancement, for an outstanding job with the process. Brad was selected from an extremely strong pool of candidates and ultimately proved to be the right fit for us," said Capuano. "We are fortunate to have Brad as we begin a new era of athletics at FDU."
 
Hurlbut is active in many collegiate athletic efforts. Since 2016, he has been chair of the Division I NCAA Men's Golf Committee, and since 2015, he has served as Athletic Director Liaison to the NEC Men's Basketball Committee and as a member of the NEC Membership Committee. While at Northwestern, he led its Athletic Facility Master Plan, which resulted in more than $450 million in new facilities.
 
About Fairleigh Dickinson University
Devoted to the preparation of world citizens through global education, Fairleigh Dickinson is New Jersey's largest private university and features more than 100 liberal arts and professional degree programs, two domestic and two international campuses, dozens of partnerships with internationally renowned institutions, and special programs and status within the United Nations. In addition, FDU is one of only a few schools in the United States to offer both Division I and Division III collegiate athletic programs – plus the University offers an active intramural program and personal fitness facilities.

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