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Friday, July 1, 2011 1:13 p.m.

Patrick Nero takes office

Director of Athletics Patrick Nero took office July 1. In the weeks before he took office, Nero, seen here introducing men's basketball coach Mike Lonergan in May, sought to integrate himself as a Colonial. File Photo

Patrick Nero officially began as the GW Director of Athletics today.

Nero has become increasingly visible in the community in the months leading up to his official start date, present at the press conference for incoming men’s basketball head coach Mike Lonergan, other community and campus events and even connecting with fans through a Twitter account.

As he assumes the role, Nero is another symbol of the ongoing shake-up in the Department of Athletics, including an ongoing athletic review, a new head coach for the men’s basketball program and the departure of Associate Athletic Director Dominic Perno.

Before joining the Colonials, Nero served as the Commissioner of the America East Conference, responsible for all facets of the operations of the NCAA Division I Conference. Nero has also held numerous NCAA leadership roles, including serving on the NCAA Division I Leadership Council, NCAA Management Council and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Board of Directors.  He is past chair of the Division I Commissioners Association and the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics.

Nero was the Director of Athletics at the University of Maine prior to being named Commissioner of the America East Conference. During his tenure at Maine, seven athletics teams qualified for the postseason over a two-year span. He also served as Senior Associate Athletic Director at the University of Miami from May of 1996 until March of 2003, where he was responsible for all aspects of external relations, including fundraising, marketing, corporate sponsorships, media relations, licensing and ticket sale.

Kvancz’s official retirement began yesterday, June 30, after 17 years in the position. He’ll stay on with the University as a special adviser.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011 12:05 a.m.

Patrick Nero named new athletic director

The commissioner of the Division-I America East Conference will be publicly named the new director of athletics Wednesday morning, a source close to the department said.

America East Commissioner Patrick Nero will take the helm of the evolving Department of Athletics amid a review launched by the Board of Trustees and chaired by New York Yankees Team President Randy Levine.

“I appreciate the opportunity given to me by President [Steven] Knapp and the George Washington University. As a leader in higher education, George Washington provides opportunities for its students, faculty and staff to achieve at the highest level and reach their greatest potential,” Nero said. “I look forward to being part of the GW family and do all that I can to contribute to the mission of the University.”

Nero is stepping into outgoing athletic director Jack Kvancz’s position after Kvancz retires at the end of June. Kvancz announced in February he would leave after 17 years at GW. Nero’s arrival coincides with an ongoing review of athletics launched in tandem with Kvancz’s announcement. The review, which will give Nero an early chance to put a mark on the department, will look at all levels of athletics at GW.

Nero will be tasked with deciding the fate of men’s basketball head coach Karl Hobbs and women’s basketball head coach Mike Bozeman, both of whom will be in the final year of their contracts next season.

Prior to holding the top spot for the America East Conference, Nero was the athletic director at the University of Maine for three years. Seven Black Bears teams won conference championships during Nero’s tenure as athletic director for Maine, and 11 advanced to conference title games.

He also held a variety of NCAA leadership roles, including serving on the NCAA Division I Leadership Council, the NCAA Management Council and the Board of Directors for  Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Nero previously chaired the Division I Commissioners Association and the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics.

Nero is a native of Providence, R.I., and a 1987 graduate of Providence College.

Nero is scheduled to speak to members of the media tomorrow at a 10 a.m. press conference.

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