Longtime Saint Joseph’s athletic administrator Jim Brown has announced his retirement following the completion of his 19th year as senior associate athletic director. In that role, Brown was responsible for all financial and business operations of the department, as well as facilities and game operations. Brown served as the sport administrator for several sports over his years on Hawk Hill. Brown worked side-by-side with long-term Vice President and Director of Athletics Don DiJulia, who retired in 2018, to lead the evolution of Saint Joseph’s Athletics over the years, including improved facilities and additional funding for the intercollegiate programs.
Coming to Hawk Hill in 1997, Brown spent his first three years as assistant athletic director before being promoted to his current position. During his tenure, Brown served as the Tournament Manager for the 2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball First and Second Rounds hosted by SJU at the Wachovia Center. Brown was also the Co-Tournament Director for the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championships at PPL Park in 2015 and recently served as chair of the Atlantic 10 Baseball Championship.
“Saint Joseph’s has been a great place to work. I appreciate all the wonderful colleagues I have had the chance to work with over the past 22 years,” Brown said. “I wish Jill and all of the Saint Joseph’s teams much success in the coming seasons as I continue to watch and cheer on my alma mater.”
“When I took the position as Director of Athletics in June 2018, I knew that Jim was contemplating retirement. I strongly encouraged him to stay with me for a year, and I am so incredibly thankful that he agreed to do so. In addition to being a patient teacher, I could not ask for a better person to work with. Jim is smart, passionate, experienced, loyal and has a great sense of humor. He cares deeply about the student-athlete experience and Saint Joseph’s. We will miss Jim greatly, and I wish he and his wife Mary all the best as Jim enters this next chapter of his life. I am certain that he won’t be a stranger on Hawk Hill,” said SJU Director of Athletics Jill Bodensteiner.
A 1976 graduate of Saint Joseph’s, Brown brought to his alma mater a strong background in athletic administration at both the collegiate and professional levels. He began his career as the athletics business manager at Villanova University in 1980 and in 1986 was promoted to assistant athletic director.
In August of 1987, Brown became the director of finance/controller for the Philadelphia 76ers and after five years there, went on to Temple University as assistant athletic director. From July, 1993 through June, 1994, Brown served as Temple’s acting director of athletics. Following that interim position, he was promoted to associate athletic director, adding the supervision of the department’s marketing and ticket office operation to his responsibilities. During his last year at Temple, Brown served as the associate athletic director for development.