Dr. Lee A. McElroy Jr. is in his 14th year as UAlbany’s Vice President and Director of Athletics. McElroy, who provides leadership for the school’s NCAA Division I 19-sport intercollegiate athletics program for men and women, is a member of the University’s Executive Committee.
During his tenure, UAlbany has won 66 conference championships and has made 27 NCAA appearances in football, men’s basketball, men’s lacrosse, softball, women’s volleyball, baseball, women’s lacrosse, field hockey and men’s and women’s track and field. The Great Danes were awarded the America East Conference Commissioner’s Cup in both 2012-13 and 2004-05.
In June 2012, McElroy was inducted into the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame as the NACDA representative. In 2010, he was selected to the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association Board of Directors. McElroy was recognized as the 2008-09 Under Armour Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Northeast Region Athletic Director of the Year. He was also among ten current athletics directors named by the NCAA to a new program called the NCAA Champions Forum in an effort to bring minority football coaches more engaged with the hiring process.
McElroy, who served as president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) in 2006-07, was a key figure when the University successfully completed the NCAA’s second cycle of Division I athletics certification. He was honored with the 2004 General Robert R. Neyland Outstanding Athletic Director Award.
Dr. McElroy has served as president of the America East Conference Executive Committee and has gained national prominence for his roles with professional organizations and NCAA committees.
McElroy, who played football at UCLA in the late 1960s, was previously American University's director of athletics for four years. American, a Division I school in Washington, D.C., competed in the Colonial Athletic Association. The department upgraded to 19 sports, expanded corporate partners by 400 percent, and planned capital projects for a fitness facility, intramural field and soccer stadium. McElroy founded the Eagle Club, a fundraising arm, and developed a program rated as one of the top ten in the nation in its compliance with NCAA gender equity requirements.
Dr. McElroy served as president of the America East Conference Executive Committee in 2003-04, and has gained national prominence for his roles with numerous professional organizations and NCAA committees. He served a three-year term on the NCAA Division I Management Council as one of four at-large representatives from I-AA or I-AAA conferences. McElroy previously worked on four prestigious NCAA Committees: Athletics Certification, Financial Aid, Degree Completion Program, and the NCAA Special Committee on Agents and Amateurism.
In 1998, McElroy was named to the NACDA Executive Committee for the University Division, and chair of the Sears Directors Cup Committee. The Sears Directors Cup is the only national award and academic scholarship program to recognize all NCAA and NAIA championship sports for women and men.
From 1989-96, McElroy was the director of athletics at California State University-Sacramento. He led the program's transition to Division I and engineered a move to the Big Sky and Big West conferences. He also implemented a strategic plan that developed a corporate partners plan, redesigned academic support services, improved athletic facilities, and provided for community outreach programs.
McElroy also worked at the University of Houston from 1981 to 1988 as an assistant director of men's and women's sports and as an associate director of athletics, and for one year as the director of athletics at The University of the District of Columbia. He taught in the public school systems of Santa Monica, California and Beaumont, Texas, and was a high school principal in Beaumont.
Along with his duties for the NCAA, McElroy has testified before congressional committees on issues in college athletics, such as gender equity, the welfare of the minority student-athlete, and the academic/athletic balance. McElroy serves on the boards of the National Consortium of Academics and Sports, Athletic Business magazine, and the National Minority Golf Association.
McElroy, who resides with his wife, Karen, in Slingerlands, earned his B.S. in political science and history from UCLA in 1970. He later received a M.Ed. from the University of Southern California, and an Ed.D. from the University of Houston.