Earl Cleghorn Named ECAC Jostens Administrator of the Year

CAPE COD, Mass. – Interim Commissioner of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), Steve Bamford, has announced that Earl Cleghorn, associate athletics director at the University of Pennsylvania, and Holly Gera, director of athletics at Montclair State University, have been named the 2006 ECAC Jostens Administrators of the Year.

The ECAC Jostens Male and Female Administrators of the Year awards are presented annually to administrators from ECAC member schools in recognition of outstanding or meritorious service to the ECAC.

The award will be presented at the ECAC Convention Honors Dinner presented by Jostens on Sunday, October 1 at the Four Points by Sheraton Hyannis Resort. It is given in conjunction with Jostens, the presenting sponsor of the ECAC Honors Dinner, and Jim Dougher, Jostens National Sports Manager and long-time friend and supporter of the ECAC.

Cleghorn, an associate athletic director at Penn since 1998, oversees 14 varsity programs as well as NCAA compliance, operations and facilities staff, and special events. A graduate of Temple University where he was a football co-captain, Cleghorn was the associate athletic director overseeing sports programs and the Owls’ athletic facilities for 13 years after completing a stint as an assistant football coach from 1968-82.

At Penn, Cleghorn serves as the institutional contact for fencing, wrestling and baseball officiating assignments provided by the ECAC and recently was the host manager for the EIWA (Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association) Championship in 2001 and 2004, EIGL (Eastern Intercollegiate Gymnastics League) Championship in 2004 and the IFA (Intercollegiate Fencing Association) Championship in 2006. All are affiliates of the ECAC.

His total management of 14 sports at Penn includes budgets, schedules, procurement of officials, contracts as well as being the liaison to the coaches of these various sports.

Cleghorn recently served on the NCAA Recertification subcommittee for Penn. He resides in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania with his wife Barb, the assistant athletics director at West Chester University.

Gera has served as the director of athletics at Montclair State for 10 years and has been a staff member with her alma mater since she began in 1989 as the Director of Campus Recreation. In 1990, she was promoted to Assistant Director of Athletics and in 1995, Gera was appointed Associate Athletic Director overseeing and administering the day to day internal operations of the department.

Since 1996, Gera has directed the operations for the NCAA Division III athletic department which boasts 17 sports for men and women.

Gera, of Morris Plains, New Jersey, serves on several committees including being the Vice President of the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators, Facilitator for the NCAA Division III Student Athlete Leadership Conferences, Sports Chairperson for Women’s Basketball for the New Jersey Athletic Conference and Treasurer of the New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. She was a member of the ECAC Board of Directors from 2002-2005 and has served on several ECAC Championship Committees.

A 1979 graduate of Montclair State, Gera received a Masters of Science in 1981 from The Pennsylvania State University. She has received numerous awards and most recently was honored as the recipient of the Pathfinder Award for the state of New Jersey given by the National Association of Girls and Women in Sports.

Minneapolis-based Jostens, founded in 1897, is a leading provider of products, programs and services that help people celebrate important moments, recognize achievements and build affiliations. The company's products include yearbooks, class rings, graduation products, school photography and products for athletic champions and their fans.

The ECAC is the nation’s largest athletic and the only multi-divisional conference with 318 Divisions I, II, and III colleges and universities from Maine to Georgia and westerly to Illinois. Established in 1938, the ECAC, a non-profit service organization, sponsors 100 championships in 37 men’s and women’s sports, assigns more than 5,100 officials in 14 sports, administers 10 affiliate sports organizations and seven playing leagues and recognizes more than 4,000 student-athletes in 20 sports through the public relations arm of the conference. The ECAC serves as the primary conference for select members in the sports of men’s and women’s ice hockey, men’s lacrosse, men’s gymnastics, wrestling, fencing and rowing.