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Media Coverage of the Announcement
Sept. 20, 2001
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Bruce McCutcheon has been named director of athletics at Lafayette College, concluding a two and one-half month national search. He previously served as associate director of athletics at Lafayette, and will take over the position immediately.
McCutcheon was selected from a deep candidate pool of more than 100 applicants gathered during a national search. He will direct Lafayette's department of athletics, which consists of 23 Division I sports including the football program that competes at the Division I-AA level. Lafayette is a charter member of the Patriot League, which was founded on the principles of academic excellence and admitting and graduating student-athletes who are academically representative of their class.
McCutcheon, who is Lafayette's 10th director of athletics, spent the last 10 years as the College's associate director of athletics following two years as the assistant director of athletics. Since 1992, he has been responsible for the general administration of the athletic department while also serving as its NCAA compliance officer.
"I am looking forward to changing the focus of Lafayette athletics from a participant-based program to one that is competitive-based," McCutcheon said. "I want all of our teams to compete more consistently for conference championships, an attainable goal that is indicative of our commitment to providing the highest quality experience for our student-athletes."
"Bruce McCutcheon is a quality individual who has strong Division I experience, is well-respected throughout the Patriot League and at the national level, and who has served the College extremely well for the past 12 years," said Jim Krivoski, Lafayette's dean of students and chair of the search committee. "We are excited to have new leadership and vision for Lafayette athletics." McCutcheon will report to Krivoski.
"I was pleased to receive the recommendation from the search committee that the most qualified candidate we had been looking for nationally was in our own house," said Lafayette president Arthur J. Rothkopf '55. "We believe Bruce can rally coaches, students, alumni and others behind his competitive-based plans. Intercollegiate athletics is an important part of the Lafayette experience for our students and Lafayette's board of trustees has made it abundantly clear that the College is fully committed to a strong Division I program and to the Patriot League."
"Serving the past two and one-half months as interim athletic director has given me the unique perspective to understand the strong abilities and leadership Bruce will bring to this job," said Gary Evans, vice president for development and college relations.
"During the interview process, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit with alumni and board of trustee members, and I am confident that the support for Lafayette athletics is stronger than ever," McCutcheon said. "It is also particularly positive to know that the College just recently achieved its athletic enhancement fund goal of $7 million and I am looking forward to integrating athletics more completely into the mission of Lafayette. I feel confident I have the support of many in the Lafayette community to make that happen."
McCutcheon served as chairman of the ECAC Division I Robbins Scholar-Athlete Committee and was Tournament Director of the 2000 Patriot League Basketball Tournament. He currently serves on the Patriot League men's soccer and sports management committees and holds memberships in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and the National Association of Athletic Compliance Coordinators.
Prior to coming to Lafayette, McCutcheon spent one year as an assistant director of athletics at Temple University. That followed a five-year tenure as an assistant athletic director at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.
McCutcheon graduated from William & Mary in 1976 with a bachelor of arts degree in physical education. He was a two-sport athlete at William & Mary, competing in football and track. Recruited by then-coach Lou Holtz, McCutcheon went on to earn three varsity letters in football.
He later earned a master of arts degree in sports administration from Ohio State University in 1982 and completed his doctor of philosophy degree in sport management in 1988 from Ohio State.
A native of Media, Pa., McCutcheon and his wife, Pat, reside on College Hill along with their three children, Ian, Meghan and Gavin.