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Columbia Administration BIO
Joe Quinlan
Player Profile:
Joe Quinlan 2259240
Position: Senior Associate Athletics Director, Internal Operations

Joseph A. Quinlan Jr., was named Senior Associate Athletics Director for Internal Operations at Columbia University on May 12, 2015. Quinlan is responsible for the strategic direction and management of Columbia’s internal operations sector which includes finance and business operations, human resources, information technology, equipment operations, facilities operations and capital projects. He also serves at the sport program administrator for the Columbia football and men’s and women’s basketball programs.

“Joe has a wealth of diverse experience in intercollegiate athletics,” Columbia Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Peter Pilling said. “His leadership skills and expertise in management and administration make him the perfect fit for this position. Joe has all the intangibles to help us take Columbia Athletics to new heights. We are thrilled to have him on our staff.”

Prior to arriving at Columbia, Quinlan spent nearly four years as the Director of Athletics at Saint Peter’s University in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Before his appointment in 2012, he was the Interim Director of Athletics. At Saint Peter’s, Quinlan served as the chair of the MAAC Committee on Athletics Administration and also served as the Chair of MAAC Cross Country Committee for three years. During his tenure as Director of Athletics, Saint Peter’s won two MAAC Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships (2012, 2013), one MAAC Outdoor Track & Field title (2012) and two MAAC Men’s Golf crowns (2014, 2015). On Saint Peter’s campus, Quinlan served as the Co-Chair of the Athletics Strategic Planning Committee and also spearheaded the annual Saint Peter’s William J. Murray All-Sports Golf Outing and the Saint Peter’s Athletics Hall of Fame.

Prior to his arrival in Jersey City, Quinlan served as the Director of Athletics at Seton Hall University in the Big East Conference. His many accomplishments at Seton Hall included moving the basketball team from the Meadowlands into the brand-new Prudential Center in Newark, initiating priority seating and the planning and preparation for $13 million of capital projects including a new soccer and baseball fields. Under his watch, the athletic department also installed lights and turf at the outdoor fields, constructed a new fitness center and free weight room and converted abandoned space to coaches’ offices for Olympic sport varsity coaches.

Before his stint at Seton Hall, he served as the Senior Associate Athletics Director at Rutgers University from 1998-2003 and was then promoted to Deputy Director of Athletics in 2003. Active in the conference, he served on the Big East Championships and Competition Committee from 1999-2005. Quinlan’s many duties including Olympic sport oversight, branding, human resources and facilities and operations. He was heavily involved in a department-wide reorganization which included revamped salary programs for coaches in which he worked with the board of governors to revamp the salary programs. Quinlan spearheaded efforts to replace seating, renovate weight rooms and initiate priority seating.

Quinlan’s broad-based experience includes a stint at the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, beginning in the fall of 1994, where he directed the Meadowlands Organizing Committee for the 1996 NCAA Final Four, the last final four played in a conventional sized arena. Quinlan also worked for Seton Hall from 1986-89. During the 1986-87 academic year, he served as the school’s assistant sports information director. In 1987, he was promoted to assistant director of athletics where he was responsible for scheduling, team travel and home game management.

Following Seton Hall’s appearance in the 1989 NCAA Championship Game, Quinlan moved to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, where he served as the Assistant Director of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. From 1992-94, Quinlan was Assistant Athletics Director at St. Bonaventure University. He began his career in collegiate athletics as a Sports Information Director at Loyola College in Baltimore, Md. from 1984-86.

Quinlan earned his bachelor’s degree at Slippery Rock State College and his master’s degree from The Ohio State University.

Quinlan and his wife Noreen, who graduated from Columbia School of Nursing (1975) and earned her MA in nursing administration from Teachers College ’83, have one daughter, Tess (Marquette ’14), who is currently a sports journalist.