NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has agreed in principle on a five-year contract extension for Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Robert E. Mulcahy III, Rutgers President Richard L. McCormick announced today.
“Bob deserves a tremendous amount of credit for bringing excitement back to the university’s intercollegiate athletic program,” McCormick said. “His vision for Rutgers’ athletics has led to unprecedented growth and accomplishment, and he is committed to the ideal that the program will provide the best possible experience for our student-athletes.
“Under Bob’s leadership, wide-ranging improvements in facilities have created greater opportunities for success, both in the classroom and on the playing field, for Rutgers’ student-athletes,” McCormick added.
Mulcahy’s current contract is scheduled to expire June 30, 2005. His current annual salary is $286,275; however, consistent with other Rutgers administrators, Mulcahy will be eligible for a performance-based salary increase in July 2005.
Rutgers Board of Governors Vice Chairman Ronald W. Giaconia, who chairs the board’s Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics, said, “Bob has done an outstanding job of managing an athletic program that has 30 varsity teams. It is no easy task. As a whole, our teams have made steady progress, athletically and academically. Bob Mulcahy has earned an extension of his contract, and I commend and support President McCormick in taking this action.”
“I would like to thank Dr. McCormick for his continuing commitment to me and for the vision that we share for Rutgers University and its intercollegiate athletics program,” Mulcahy said. “I firmly believe that we are well on the way to realizing the levels of success in all areas of our program that are rightfully due an institution such as one of the stature of Rutgers. We have worked hard to position ourselves for the heights we expect to attain, and I believe that we will achieve them.
“My primary goal is to continue to work with the outstanding group of coaches and student-athletes who represent Rutgers University in our pursuit of excellence in the classroom and within the competitive membership of the Big East Conference.”
At Rutgers, Mulcahy has helped to raise the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics’ endowment by nearly $4 million. He has been instrumental in developing and securing $24 million in outside revenue, which has enhanced a number of facilities. Capital projects from this funding include the expansion and refurbishment of the Hale Center at Rutgers Stadium, and a state-of-the-art academic support laboratory, expanded weight training complex and modern media center, all at the Louis Brown Athletic Center (LBAC).
Since Mulcahy’s arrival, significant achievements by Scarlet Knights on the playing fields have become more frequent. In 2003-04 alone:
• The football team achieved the fourth best turnaround in wins and losses in Division I-A.
• The men’s basketball team advanced to post-season play for the second time in three years, reaching the NIT championship game at Madison Square Garden.
• The women’s basketball team advanced to the championship game of the Big East Conference Tournament and then to its sixth NCAA appearance in seven years.
• The men’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s soccer teams qualified for their respective NCAA tournaments.
• The men’s track team finished second in the Big East Championships, its best showing ever.
• The women’s swim team finished second in conference competition.
• The gymnastics team set a school record with 17 wins.
Equally important have been the successes of Rutgers’ student-athletes away from the playing field. Mulcahy’s emphasis on academic performance is reflected by significant gains in the classroom, aided by the addition of full-time personnel, computer labs, tutorial services and such programs as RU Strong/LifeSkills. Additionally, Rutgers student-athletes are more active, visible members of their community, organizing and taking part in such projects as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee annual holiday toy drive, a universitywide blood drive, the Read Across America program and visits to local hospitals.
Mulcahy, 68, came to Rutgers in 1998 following a distinguished 19-year tenure as president and CEO of the New Jersey and Sports Exposition Authority (NJSEA). Under his leadership, the authority developed into the nation’s premier sports and entertainment venue, hosting 600 events annually and drawing millions of visitors to the Meadowlands
complex in East Rutherford. His guidance at the NJSEA helped develop legislation that led to the reconstruction of Rutgers Stadium and new soccer, lacrosse and track and field facilities in Piscataway.