- Director of Athletics and Recreation
Patrick Nero is the Director of Athletics and Recreation, as appointed on April 20, 2011. Patrick brings to GW significant experience managing all aspects of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I sports. Patrick most recently served as Commissioner of the America East Conference. As the Chief Executive Officer, he oversaw all facets of the operation of the NCAA Division I Conference, which consists of nine universities participating in twenty sports. While at the America East, he held numerous NCAA leadership roles, including serving on the NCAA Division I Leadership Council, NCAA Management Council and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Board of Directors. He is past chair of the Division I Commissioners Association and the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics.
Prior to being named Commissioner of the America East Conference, Patrick was the Director of Athletics at the University of Maine. Patrick also served as Senior Associate Athletic Director at the University of Miami, from May of 1996 until March of 2003, where he was responsible for all aspects of external relations, including fundraising, marketing, corporate sponsorships, media relations, licensing and ticket sales. In addition, he directed a capital campaign and major gift activities for the department.
Patrick served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Development at Marquette University from 1994 to 1996, Assistant Athletic Director for External Relations at Lamar University from 1992 to 1994, and Director of Athletic Development at Providence College from 1988-1992.
A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Patrick is a graduate of Providence College.