RIC’s Don Tencher elected to national AD association executive post

Donald E. Tencher, director of athletics, intramurals and recreation at Rhode Island College, was elected to a five-year term as secretary of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), beginning with the 2011-12 term.

Don Tencher
Dan Guerrero, UCLA director of athletics, was selected to lead the association in 2011-12. Also elected to serve for the 2011-12 term were 1st Vice President Kevin Anderson, director of athletics at the University of Maryland; 2nd Vice President Mike Alden, director of athletics at the University of Missouri; and 3rd Vice President Jim Phillips, director of athletics at Northwestern University.

The announcements took place in conjunction with the 46th Annual NACDA Convention, held June 16-18 at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Fla.

Tencher has long been active in the NACDA, where he has been a member of its Executive Committee, chair of the Continuing Education Committee and a member of the games committee for both the Kick-Off and Pigskin Classic Football Games.

In 2001, 2006 and 2010, he was selected by NACDA as the Athletic Director of the Year.

He has served as RIC’s athletic director for 16 years. During his tenure, he took a leadership role in the college’s first Capital Campaign, established an athletic booster group, and oversaw the completion of the college’s athletic hub, The Murray Center.

Also under his guidance a legacy walk was established to highlight the heritage and the accomplishments of the athletic program and the college. Currently Tencher is overseeing a major renovation of RIC’s Recreation Center, which is expected to be completed in February 2012.

The NACDA, now in its 47th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,500 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. For more information on NACDA, visit www.nacda.com.