Hired in April of 2011, Patrick Nero has brought significant experience managing all aspects of NCAA Division I sports to GW. Previously, Nero served as Commissioner of the America East Conference, where he 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. His experience also includes stints as Director of Athletics at the University of Maine, Senior Associate Athletic Director at the University of Miami (Fla.), Assistant Athletic Director for Development at Marquette University, Assistant Athletic Director for External Relations at Lamar University, and Director of Athletic Development at his alma mater, Providence College.
Under Nero's leadership, with guidance from the GW Board of Trustees and the university, a five-year strategic plan was released which articulated the commitment of the university to building and sustaining a world-class Department of Athletics and Recreation. The athletic achievement reached by the Colonials under Nero has mirrored the success that George Washington student-athletes strive for in the classroom and in the community, as he has also implemented a community service requirement for all student-athletes, in addition to the creation of a leadership academy and life skills program to prepare student-athletes for life beyond GW.