June 10, 2013
The award, which spans seven collegiate divisions, will be presented to McCutcheon at the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon on Saturday, June 15 at NACDA's 48th Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida.
Now in his 12th year at the helm of Lafayette athletics, McCutcheon has orchestrated a far-reaching upgrade to athletics facilities, bolstered the coaching staffs and other personnel, played a key role in the development of a visual identity program, implemented a comprehensive leadership development program for student-athletes and built upon Lafayette's long-standing tradition of scholar-athlete excellence.
Early in his tenure, McCutcheon spearheaded the creation of an athletic facilities master plan, which resulted in a $23 million renovation of Fisher Stadium, the construction of a stadium for baseball, the renovation of the soccer stadium and the construction of a new softball stadium.
Additionally, the track and field program relocated to Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex where a new track opened for competition in 2009 and hosted the Patriot League Championships in 2011.
Also in 2011, McCutcheon introduced the Oaks Leadership Academy as a comprehensive program to develop, challenge and support Lafayette student-athletes and coaches in their quest to become effective leaders in academics, athletics and life. Lafayette's scholar-athletes have excelled under McCutcheon's watch, with graduation rates among the nation's best, prestigious postgraduate scholarships awards and Academic All-America and Patriot League academic honors.
Recently, McCutcheon led the effort to have Lafayette host the 150th meeting of College Football's Most Played Rivalry at Yankee Stadium. McCutcheon also serves on the FCS ADA Executive Committee and serves as chair of the Patriot League's Committee on Athletic Administration.
"Since 1998, NACDA has been highlighting significant contributions made by athletics directors across all divisions of our membership," NACDA Executive Director Bob Vecchione said of the award, which highlights athletic directors for their commitment and positive contributions to student-athletes, campuses and their surrounding communities. "This award allows athletics directors to be recognized not only nationally, but also in their respective communities which heightens the awareness of their leadership position in the athletics enterprise."
All NACDA-member directors of athletics in the United States, Canada and Mexico who met the criteria were eligible for the award. Among the criteria were service as an AD for a minimum of five academic years; demonstration of commitment to higher education and student-athletes; continuous teamwork, loyalty and excellence; and the ability to inspire individuals or groups to high levels of accomplishments.
Additionally, each AD's institution must have passed a compliance check through its appropriate governing body in which the institution could not have been on probation or cited for a lack of institutional control within the last five years during the tenure of the current athletics director.
Nominators were NACDA-member directors of athletics, institutional presidents and conference commissioners. Special Selection Committees composed of current and former directors of athletics, present and past NCAA and NAIA presidents, current and former commissioners and other key athletics administrators voted on nominees for the award.