Jerome Rodgers, a 20-year veteran of collegiate athletics administration, has joined the NIU senior staff as the Huskies’ new Senior Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Administration, NIU Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier announced Monday.
In his role, Rodgers will oversee NIU’s compliance department while also serving as the sport administrator for Huskie men’s basketball, women’s soccer and wrestling.
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with Sean Frazier, my new NIU colleagues, and our student-athletes,” said Rodgers. “I look forward to a tenure of partnership and collaboration that is focused on the well-being of our students.”
Frazier said Rodgers’ experience as an administrator and as a former basketball student-athlete will benefit the entire Huskie program.
“I am very pleased to welcome Jerome to the Huskie Family,” Frazier said. “He has an extensive background in compliance and administration of sports programs at several different universities, and brings the additional perspective of a former student-athlete. He will be a valuable member of the administrative team that is going to help drive this program forward.”
Rodgers most recently spent two years as associate athletic director for compliance at Georgia Tech. During his time with the Yellow Jackets, Rodgers oversaw the rebuilding of Georgia Tech’s comprehensive compliance program while also serving as the administrator for six athletic programs. Rodgers also created a program for sports agent registration and interaction with student-athletes.
Earlier this year, Rodgers was selected to participate in the Learfield Sports Minority Academy, held in partnership with the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association.
Prior to Georgia Tech, Rodgers served as associate athletic director for internal operations at Northern Kentucky. Rodgers oversaw a broad range of services, including postseason tournament management, facility management, strategic planning, special events and sport administrator duties for four programs. While at Northern Kentucky, Rodgers was a member of the 2010-11 Division II Women’s Basketball Regional Advisory Committee.
A graduate of Tennessee Tech, Rodgers was a four-year basketball letterwinner for the Golden Eagles and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s in education administration and supervision from Tennessee Tech. Rodgers served as an administration and finance intern at the NCAA before joining Eastern Illinois as director of compliance and student services for athletics.
Following his time at Eastern Illinois, Rodgers worked as assistant commissioner for compliance at the Big East Conference and also served as associate athletic director for compliance at Boston College. In 2004, Rodgers graduated from the NCAA Leadership Institute for Ethnic Minority Males.