Commissioner Amy Huchthausen's Contract Extended
“I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to work with Amy for the past two years, and look forward to continued collaboration with her,” said Stony Brook University President and Chair of the America East Board of Presidents, Dr. Samuel L. Stanley. “Amy’s vision and strategic thinking have been tremendous assets to the America East Conference, and her tireless advocacy has been critical in moving the conference up the ranks of college athletics. She represents the finest in her field, and we are fortunate to have her as our commissioner for another four years.”
Huchthausen is entering her third year as America East commissioner after being named to the position in September, 2011. She is the conference’s fourth commissioner overall and first woman to lead the league.
“I am very thankful to the Board of Directors for their continued support,” said Huchthausen. ”Their leadership and commitment along with that of our athletic directors has helped propel the league forward over the past two years as we focus our efforts on the student-athlete experience. It is a privilege to work with such a talented group of individuals and I appreciate the opportunity to continue our work in the coming years.”
Under Huchthausen’s leadership, America East has made progressive strides in numerous areas that more effectively position the conference for the future. In February, 2013, America East added its first member in 10 years, when the University of Massachusetts Lowell joined the America East, adding an institution with a similar profile to the conference’s existing members. With the addition, America East had eight of the top 100 public universities in the country as members, according to U.S. News and World Reports.
In line with building for the future, America East unveiled a new brand identity in August built upon the three pillars of the complete student-athlete: academic achievement, athletic excellence and leadership on and off the field, empowering its member institutions and student-athletes to be successful in multiple facets.
America East has experienced success in all three realms during Huchthausen’s tenure. Athletically, America East teams have won 11 NCAA tournament games over the last two years, including a conference-record nine in 2011-12. That year, Stony Brook became the first America East baseball team to reach the College World Series and Vermont won an NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament game. Academically, America East student-athletes continue to excel, ranking among the nation’s best in NCAA APR and GSR metrics while averaging over a 3.0 GPA. America East also established itself as a leader in the community, becoming the first collegiate conference in the country to form a partnership with the You Can Play Project.
Additionally, the conference’s digital presence has grown under Huchthausen. The league recently launched AmericaEast.TV, the conference’s first digital network, which features free live event streaming and on-demand content and is a significant step towards expanding America East’s brand. The conference also launched an innovative redesigned website and created a robust social media strategy as it continues to elevate its external presence.
The conference’s television exposure in men’s and women’s basketball has increased significantly through its partnership with ESPN over the last two years, while the men’s and women’s lacrosse and baseball championships have also been broadcast nationally as a result of the conference’s relationship with ESPN. Several other sports have also had its championship broadcast via AmericaEast.com for the first time under Huchthausen.
Along with leading America East, Huchthausen is currently a member of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA) Board of Directors and NCAA Leadership Council and serves as chair of the Leadership Council’s Transfer Issues Subcommittee. In June, 2013, she was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA).
About America East: The America East provides its member schools and their athletic programs a platform upon which student-athletes can achieve both collegiate and life success through the promotion and nurturing of athletic excellence, academic achievement and leadership, on and off the field.