Director of Athletics | University Administration | Kent State University

Director of Athletics

Joel R. NielsenJoel R. Nielsen

Director of Athletics
Department of Intercollegiate Athletics


  • B.A., Business Finance, Minnesota State University
  • M.A., Sports Administration, Minnesota State University

Job Description

Provides leadership to all department activities through a team of administrative, professional and support staff; manages senior staff; establishes goals in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics consistent with the university’s educational mission; and ensures compliance with all regulatory agencies. Director of Athletics Nielsen oversees the entire department budget; ensures student-athletes are properly trained and remain academically eligible; and serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet and Administrative Council. Implements strategies to increase support for athletic programs, student-athlete scholarships and facilities.

Direct Reports

  • Deputy Director of Athletics, Casey Cegles
  • Deputy Director of Athletics, Senior Woman Administrator, Janet Kittell, Ph.D.
  • Senior Associate Athletic Director, Executive Director for Athletic Advancement, vacant
    (Dual report to Division of Institutional Advancement)
  • Senior Associate Athletic Director, Greg Glaus
  • Senior Fiscal Manager, Colin Miller
    (Dual report to Division of Finance and Administration) 
  • Special Projects Assistant to the Athletic Director, Emily Hurd

Contact, 330-672-3120

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