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Tim Pernetti was officially named the new Rutgers athletic director Thursday.
The appointment, following a national search, is effective April 1.
Pernetti, 38, will oversee 24 men’s and women’s intercollegiate teams in New Brunswick, 212 employees and an annual budget of approximately $56 million, roughly 3 percent of the university’s total $1.8 billion budget.
“We are delighted that Tim Pernetti is returning to the Rutgers community and is ready to work with our coaches and athletics and academic support staffs to further the tradition of excellence established by our student-athletes on the field and in the classroom,” said Rutgers President Richard L. McCormick.
“Rutgers Athletics is a tremendous source of pride and passion for the people of New Jersey. I have shared that pride and passion for Rutgers throughout my life,” Pernetti said. “I look forward to working with the entire Rutgers community to continue the growth of Rutgers Athletics and to create the ideal environment for our student-athletes to succeed both academically and athletically.”
Pernetti was one of three finalists for the position, along with North Carolina-Wilmington athletics director Kelly Mehrtens and University of Akron athletics director Mack Rhoades.
A resident of Oakland, N.J., Pernetti received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass media from Rutgers in 1993, and a master’s degree in communication in 1995.
As an undergraduate, he was a tight end on the Rutgers football team from 1989 to 1993. From 1994 to 2003, Pernetti worked in various programming positions at ABC Sports and ABC Enhanced TV. In 2003, he became vice president of programming for College Sports Television, the first national television network devoted entirely to collegiate athletics. College Sports Television became CSTV Networks Inc. in 2004, and was purchased by CBS in 2006. Pernetti has been executive vice president at CBS College Sports Network since the acquisition.
Pernetti has been color commentator for the Rutgers Football Radio Network for eight seasons and was the host of the Greg Schiano Show.
Pernetti, who will report directly to President McCormick, will receive an annual base salary of $410,000, an annual performance bonus of up to $50,000 and an annual automobile stipend of $12,000.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.