Jersey City, N.J. – December 5, 2023 – Saint Peter’s University today announced the promotion of Katie Arcuri as the 11th Director of Athletics in school history. Arcuri has been part of the Saint Peter’s Athletics Department since 2013, serving most recently as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Student Athlete Welfare and boasts nearly two decades of experience in college athletics.
“As we elevate Katie Arcuri to the role of Director of Athletics, we celebrate not only her impressive track record but also her unwavering commitment to Saint Peter’s University for the past decade,” said Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D., president of Saint Peter’s University. “Katie has been a driving force in upholding the highest standards of compliance, student-athlete welfare and fostering a culture of academic and athletic excellence. Her leadership has not only raised graduation rates, but has also propelled us into new initiatives that enhance the overall student-athlete experience. With Katie at the helm, we are confident in the continued success and growth of our athletic programs.”
Arcuri has been an integral member of the Athletics Department’s senior staff since coming to Jersey City and has been responsible for all NCAA and MAAC rules enforcement of Saint Peter’s 16 Division I athletic programs, in addition to all areas of student-athlete welfare. In her role as Senior Associate AD, she also acted as a liaison with appropriate University departments, including Financial Aid, Admissions, Residence Life and the Faculty Athletics Representative.
Vice President of Student Life and Development (SL&D) Erin McCann commented, “Katie has been an indispensable part of the athletics department for the past decade and there is no clearer choice to lead Saint Peter’s Athletics.”
Arcuri has been at the forefront of several new athletic initiatives, including the award of a $100,000 NCAA Accelerating Academic Success Program grant that was dedicated to the professional and academic development of student-athletes. Her efforts have directly impacted graduation rates, which have soared to an all-time high for the department since her arrival.
“I would like to thank President Cornacchia and VP for SL&D Erin McCann for putting their trust in me to lead this department,” said Arcuri. “I’m so appreciative for this incredible opportunity and I’m committed to supporting our talented coaches, staff and student-athletes.”
During her time at Saint Peter’s, she has been the sport administrator for women’s basketball, women’s soccer and baseball. She currently serves on the MAAC Committee on Athletic Administration and the MAAC Gender & Diversity Issue Committee. Previously, Arcuri served on the MAAC Women’s Basketball Committee, Men’s Basketball Committee and was the chair of the MAAC Tennis Championship Committee.
Arcuri came to Jersey City after serving as the Assistant Director for Student Services/Senior Woman Administrator at the College of Staten Island since 2008. Prior to her time at Staten Island, Arcuri was the Sports marketing promotions coordinator for football, basketball and hockey at the United States Military Academy from 2006-08.
A native of Staten Island, New York, Arcuri graduated with a B.A. in Communications from Ramapo College. While there, she was a member of the women’s basketball team, and was subsequently inducted into the Ramapo College Athletics Hall of Fame in April of 2017. Arcuri received her Master’s in Sport Management from the United States Sports Academy in 2010.
Katie and her husband Zene, reside in Staten Island with their son Carter.
The University will formally introduce Arcuri at a press conference on Thursday, December 7, at noon in The Duncan Family Sky Room on the sixth floor of the Mac Mahon Student Center. Her transition into her new role is effective immediately.
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For more than 150 years, Saint Peter’s University, inspired by its Jesuit, Catholic identity, commitment to individual attention and grounding in the liberal arts, educates a diverse community of learners in undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional programs to excel intellectually, lead ethically, serve compassionately and promote justice in our ever-changing urban and global environment. To learn more, please visit saintpeters.edu.
About Saint Peter’s University Athletics
Saint Peter’s University Athletics sponsors 16 intercollegiate sports at the NCAA Division I level including eight men’s programs and eight women’s teams. Saint Peter’s is a founding member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), which began play in 1981-82 and has 10 other full members. In 2022, the men’s basketball team became the first #15 seed to reach the Elite 8 of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. The mission of the intercollegiate athletics program at Saint Peter’s University is to provide opportunities which enable student-athletes to reach their full potential in academic and athletic pursuits. Fully integrated into the college experience, the athletics program fosters sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, and ethical and moral conduct among all participants.