Keith Gill Named A-10 Executive Associate Commissioner
NAPLES, Fla. — Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade has named Keith Gill to the position of Executive Associate Commissioner. Gill will oversee community relations for the league's Men's Basketball Championship, assist with the implementation of the conference's recently adopted five-year Strategic Plan, and continue to represent the A-10 on the NCAA Council. Gill has 22 years of experience in college athletics, having held positions at the NCAA office, University of Oklahoma, and both American University and the University of Richmond as athletic director.
Gill will work directly with McGlade on the league's strategic goals and initiatives, as well as community relations and partnerships in Washington, D.C., the host site of the 2018 A-10 Men's Basketball Championship in the Verizon Center. Focusing on enhancing the A-10 Community Appreciation efforts established in 2014, Gill will spearhead the program, which honors and hosts first responders and family members, military, and volunteer heroes on opening night at the site of the basketball championship. Local communities have embraced the conference, and the A-10 Community Appreciation Night has grown significantly since inception, reaching over 3,000 local residents annually in Pittsburgh and Brooklyn, N.Y.
“The opportunity to bring Keith and his experience onto the conference staff is a win-win for the A-10, University of Richmond and Keith," stated Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “He is a nationally-respected administrator who made a very difficult decision to relocate to Washington, D.C., for important family reasons. I'm looking forward to working with Keith in this new role."
Gill will continue serving on select A-10 committees, representing the conference on the NCAA Council, the NCAA Division I Competition Oversight Committee; he was also appointed to the NCAA Men's Basketball Committee, the term is scheduled to begin in September.
“I would like to thank Commissioner McGlade for the opportunity to continue to serve the conference and its terrific student-athletes in this new role,” Gill said. “I am excited to keep working to advance the mission and the strategic plan of the league. The chance to move back to D.C. and work to advance the goals of the Atlantic 10 is a perfect fit.”
Gill has been an athletic director for the last ten years, serving at the University of Richmond for the last five years, following a five-year term at American University in Washington. In 2015 he was appointed as the Atlantic 10's representative on the NCAA Council, and served as the governing body's Vice Chair, a position he held following the formation of the Council in the NCAA's recent restructuring. He also was the Co-Chair of the NCAA Ad Hoc Transfer Issues Working Group during the 2015 academic year, and served on the A-10 men's basketball and television committees this past year.
Under his leadership at Richmond, over 300 UR student-athletes received the prestigious Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll Distinction. Richmond has won 11 team conference championships, had nine individual conference champions and 22 All-Americans under Gill. He oversaw the competition of a $17 million renovation to the Robins Center, Richmond's basketball arena.
"I was pleased to hear about this fitting opportunity for Keith,” said University of Richmond President Ronald A. Crutcher. “In addition to the success he had leading our athletics program here at Richmond, Keith has also been actively engaged in discussions relating to the oversight and governance of collegiate athletics at the national level. I know that he will be an outstanding leader with the Atlantic 10, benefiting all in the Conference."
Honored by his peers as an Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year by NACDA in 2015, his vast experience includes two stints at the NCAA national office as well as senior athletic administration positions at the University of Oklahoma and Vanderbilt University. Gill has presented and participated in numerous national symposium panels throughout his career. Most recently he presented at the 2016 SBJ-Intercollegiate Athletics Symposium in New York and the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four Symposium hosted by Arizona State in Phoenix this past April.
A 1994 graduate of Duke University, Gill received a Master's Degree from Oklahoma in 2006.