Just a dozen years ago, Jessica Huntley was graduating from York College after earning four letters with the women's basketball team.
Today, at age 34, Huntley has been named the founding commissioner of the Atlantic East Conference.
The newly formed college conference is an NCAA Division III league comprised of seven private institutions. Huntley is its first hire.
The members of the new conference, based in the mid-Atlantic region, are Cabrini University, Gwynedd Mercy University, Immaculata University, Marymount University, Marywood University, Neumann University and Wesley College.
Huntley was a captain of the York College women's team and graduated in 2006 with a degree in sport management and a minor in business administration. She finished her York College career with 675 points over 104 games, averaging 6.5 points per game.
She continued her education at Boston College, where she received a masters in higher education administration in May 2009.
She currently serves on the Sport Management Advisory Board at York.
“The President’s Council unanimously supported the hiring of Jessica Huntley as our founding commissioner,” said Marymount president Matthew Shank, chair of the Atlantic East President’s Council. “We have full faith and trust that Jessica will lead the Atlantic East Conference to be one of the finest conferences in D-III. We are very excited to have someone with her blend of skills and passion for the position.”
Huntley, a Berwick High School graduate, comes to the AEC after a six-year stay at the Centennial Conference, where she was the assistant executive director for five years before being promoted to associate executive director in July 2017.
“As I say goodbye to the Centennial Conference, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks for a great experience and for the professional support and friendship during my six-year tenure,” Huntley said.
Huntley also previously held the position of Director of Division III for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Additionally, she served as the assistant commissioner of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference, assistant director of athletics/women’s basketball coach at Bay Path College and director of men’s basketball operations at Harvard.
“The newly formed Athletic East Conference is about to make its mark in Division III sports and I am honored to be a part of this launch as the first-ever conference commissioner,” Huntley said.
“... It is an exciting time for all AEC members. I look forward to working with the AEC schools to provide a great collegiate sports experience for the student-athletes of the AEC.”