Keith Gill
Keith Gill
Previous College: BA Duke University '94 | MA University of Oklahoma '06
Position: Director of Athletics & Recreation

American University named Keith Gill its 13th Director of Athletics and Recreation on June 1, 2007.

As Director of Athletics, Gill oversees the operations of all American University intercollegiate and intramural athletic programs, including more than 250 student-athletes participating in 16 varsity sports, the majority of which compete in the Patriot League Conference.

In just five years at American, Gill has helped to lead the athletics department to never before seen successes including back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. The wrestling team placed fifth in the country at the 2011 NCAA Championships and since Gill’s arrival American has captured a total of 11 Patriot League team championships. Individually, American has crowned 23 All-Americans over the past five seasons.

The Eagles have flourished in the classroom as well under Gill’s guidance as American’s 16 teams have continued their streak of 23 consecutive semesters with a combined GPA over 3.0. In 2011-12, 121 student-athletes were named to the university’s Dean’s List as the department posted a 3.37 combined GPA.

Prior to coming to American, Gill spent three years at the University of Oklahoma. He oversaw a major portion of OU athletics, including men’s basketball, women’s soccer and baseball, and the supervision of personnel, budgets, facilities, fundraising, student-athlete issues and the selection and evaluation of coaches for these sports. He worked with the AD and staff in overseeing the strategic and annual planning process for the department.

Gill was the director of membership services at the NCAA from 2000 to 2004. He developed and communicated policies related to Division I intercollegiate athletics, including governance, rules compliance, diversity, gender equity, academic integrity, student-athlete welfare, fiscal integrity, strategic planning, sportsmanship and legislation. He oversaw and ensured the effective operation of the athletics certification program, and managed a staff of 35 who provided education and guidance to Division I institutions conducting their periodic self-studies. Previously, Gill worked at the NCAA from 1995 to 1999 as a membership services representative.

At Vanderbilt from 1999 to 2000, Gill was an assistant athletic director and worked with the AD to implement the annual planning process to help 16 athletics teams achieve their academic and competitive goals. He worked with the National Commodore Club, major gifts, media relations and marketing and supported the Vanderbilt Board of Trustees by working with the athletics committee.

A 1994 graduate of Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in history and sociology, the Orlando, Fla., native was a four-year letterman in football. In 2006 he earned a masters degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Gill resides in Washington, D.C.