April 24, 2014

Palumbo Resigns, Stafford Assumes Duties As Interim Athletics Director

 

 

By Ahmed Jaradat

 

In a some what shocking turn of events, Dan Palumbo, who’s been the Director of Athletics since 2008, has resigned.

Thomas Stafford, the interim Vice President of Student Affairs has assumed his duties.

Palumbo, will stil remain the baseball coach as well as well as the Director of Special Projects. As director of special projects Palumbo will also be the special assistant to Stafford.

“I will be at as many sporting events as last year, if not more… I will be able to focus more on the student athletes.” said Palumbo.

The only difference in Palumbo’s job description is that he will no longer be handling budgeting and contracting but he still will be in charge of coordinating evens such as Homecoming.

He felt it was time for a change for the athletics department and himself. “I came in as a baseball coach. and I am defined by that and I will always be a baseball coach.

My strength is in the interaction with the athletes, now I have more flexibility to be involved with them.

I was very proud to be the athletics director of the best students in the nation but obviously an Ads work is a lot of meetings and office work. It takes away face time with the athletes and that is what I enjoy.” said Palumbo.

Palumbo was here to see the changes in John Jay over the years, and even though he is no longer the athletics director, his mission is still to provide John Jay students with a great college experience.

“My thing was and still is, connecting every department and I look forward to homecoming which will have eight departments involved as everyone appreciates each others missions.”

Palumbo thanked John Jay for the opportunity and looks forward to a continued relationship with the college.