Jeff Compher spent three years at the University of Washington from July 2004 through May, 2005 as executive associate athletic director. He left the department to become the director of athletics at Northern Illinois University.
Compher served as the general manager for the Husky athletic department, coordinated the daily administrative operations of the department with special emphasis on the football, men's basketball and women's basketball programs, as well monitored as the administrative operations that support those teams.
Compher also helped to develop long-range and annual operating plans, and chaired the senior management team, overseeing the daily operation of all senior managers.
Prior to coming to Washington, Compher spent the previous four years as director of athletics at Western Carolina University. There, Compher supervised a department that sponsored 15 intercollegiate athletic programs and included approximately 300 student athletes.
During his tenure at Western Carolina, Compher saw the Catamounts' overall operating budget increase by 42 percent, and the total budget for athletic scholarships improve by 113 percent. In 2004, the Western Carolina baseball team won both the Southern Conference regular-season and tournament titles, while the women's golf and indoor track teams each captured conference crowns.
Compher initiated several major programs that significantly improved Western Carolina's overall program. During his tenure, the Catamounts built and renovated facilities totalling nearly $15 million. He developed a private sports medicine partnership, created a former student-athlete organization and started a successful CHAMPS/Life Skills program. Compher developed and implemented a five-year strategic plan and led Western through the NCAA Certification process.
He has previously served on the NCAA's Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct Committee, and completed the Sports Management Institute Executive Program and the National Association of College Directors of Athletics Management Institute.
Compher worked with Turner at Vanderbilt from 1996-2000. He was instrumental in the department's daily operation and helped to manage an annual budget that grew to $26 million by his final year in Nashville.
From 1998 to 2000, he served as senior associate director of athletics. He was responsible for all external components within the athletic department, including annual giving, media relations, marketing and promotions, corporate sponsorship sales, radio and television properties and broadcast rights and ticket sales. During Compher's first two years at Vanderbilt, he served as an associate director of athletics supervising NCAA compliance, academic support, the CHAMPS/Life Skills program, strength and conditioning and the equipment room.
Compher began his career as an assistant athletic director at North Carolina State from 1986 to 1992. He oversaw the Wolfpack's student-athlete support service areas, served as a liaison with the academic support program, and supervised student-athlete housing and dining facilities. He later worked at N.C. State as director of the Chancellor's Circle in the Office of University Development from 1993 to 1994. From 1994 to 1996 he was an assistant to the Chancellor, coordinating media contacts and acting as a liaison between the Chancellor and faculty, staff, students, administrators and other groups that contacted the Chancellor's office.
Compher, 48, earned his bachelor of science in psychology from James Madison in 1980. He graduated from Shippensburg (Pa.) in 1982 with a master of science degree in counselling and student personnel services. His first position in collegiate administration was at North Carolina State, where he was the assistant director of Housing and Residence Life from 1982 to 1986. He and his wife, Cathy, have two sons, C.J. and David. Compher is a native of Baltimore.