Tubman to Lead Muhlenberg

May 4, 2018

Following a national search, Lynn Tubman has been named the new athletic director at Muhlenberg College.
"I am absolutely thrilled for Lynn to join the Muhlenberg community. This was a very competitive search, and there was overwhelming support for Lynn's candidacy. Lynn demonstrated that she has the knowledge, experience and passion to lead our athletics program into the future and to contribute broadly to the larger student life experience at the college," said Allison Gulati, vice president of student affairs and dean of students. "Furthermore, she is committed to engaging deeply with athletic alumni near and far to build on the wonderful tradition that is Muhlenberg athletics."
Tubman is the first permanent female director of athletics in Muhlenberg College history. Connie Kunda, a 2018 inductee to the Muhlenberg Athletic Hall of Fame, served as interim athletic director from 1995-1996.
Tubman comes to Muhlenberg after nine years as the director of athletics and recreation at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, where she was responsible for the overall management of an 18-sport NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics and recreation program.
"I am grateful to President Williams, the members of the search committee and Allison Gulati for their confidence in me. I am honored to become the next director of athletics at Muhlenberg College," said Tubman.
"From the moment I stepped on campus I experienced the culture that makes Muhlenberg so special. I am excited to become a part of Muhlenberg's supportive community, one that is committed to working together to provide all students with an exceptional, well-rounded collegiate experience. In addition, I am eager to begin working with the athletics department staff, coaches and student-athletes on continuing the program's proud tradition of academic and athletic excellence."
Tubman took the reins at Chestnut Hill at a pivotal time in the program's history and transformed the Griffins into highly competitive members of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) and East Coast Conference (ECC). During her tenure, Chestnut Hill hosted numerous CACC Championships and expanded its intercollegiate sports offerings with the addition of men's and women's indoor and outdoor track, expanded roster baseball, women's bowling and sprint football.
In addition to her direct responsibilities, Tubman implemented initiatives focused on strengthening the department and student-athlete experience, including all phases of a $2.5 million Fitness Center expansion, the creation of the Hill Athletic Club for athletic donors and sponsors and the establishment of an Athletic Hall of Fame. The acquisition of an NCAA DII Strategic Alliance Matching Grant allowed the College to hire an assistant director of athletics for student-athlete success and community engagement, which led to Chestnut Hill receiving the NCAA Community Engagement Award.
Under Tubman, the College was recognized with back-to-back NCAA DII Presidents Awards for Academic Excellence.
"Muhlenberg has a strong athletic tradition and reputation in both the Centennial Conference and in the larger Division III landscape," said John Williams, President of Muhlenberg College. "The student athlete experience is a central facet of our history, present and future, and we could not be more excited to have Lynn at the helm of a new generation of Muhlenberg sports."
"Lynn Tubman fully understands the challenges facing student-athletes as they work tirelessly to excel in the classroom and in their sport," said Lindsey Nagy, assistant professor of economics and a member of the search committee. "She is devoted to preparing student-athletes for life beyond athletics, and as her track record shows, she will do all she can to provide them with the resources and support they need. A brief conversation with her is all it takes to see her passion for working with student-athletes as she shares stories of their successes in all areas."
"As a student, I never wanted Lynn's visit on campus to end," added senior softball player Hayley Peterson, who served on the search committee. "It was clear she's a perfect fit for our Muhlenberg community."
The appointment at Muhlenberg is a return to the Lehigh Valley for Tubman, who earned her bachelor's degree from DeSales University in 1987 and her master's from Lehigh University in 1989. While at DeSales (then Allentown College), she was a three-time basketball All-American and still stands as the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,193 points.
Tubman's first position in collegiate athletics was assistant athletic director at Penn State Mont Alto. From 1990 to 1996, she was director of athletics at La Roche College, where she helped the athletic programs transition from NAIA to NCAA Division III. She also served as head women's basketball coach for two seasons.
In 1996, Tubman was hired at Drexel University as the institution's associate athletic director and senior woman administrator. After leaving higher education in 1999 to focus on raising her two daughters, Tubman returned to college athletics in 2004 and spent the next five years as associate athletic director and senior woman administrator at Philadelphia University.

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