By Zach Gewelb
Queens College has a new interim athletic director.
The school announced last Thursday that Robert Twible, who is entering his 20th year with the school, has been given the title.
Twible most recently served as the associate athletics director for facilities and operations. He will be replacing China Jude, who left for the University of Wyoming. A national search will be conducted to find a permanent replacement.
“We are fortunate to have had two such committed staff members working so closely with and inspiring our talented and hard-working student-athletes,” President Felix V. Matos said in a statement. “Rob’s record of advocating for them and our program makes him an excellent choice to serve as Interim Director of Athletics.”
While serving as the interim athletic director, Twible will be responsible for overseeing the daily responsibilities of the athletic programs and will also serve as the liaison for campus facilities, security, building and grounds. Additionally, Twible will have an integral role in the hiring of staff members for the Knights and oversee the campus recreation department.
Twible’s experience played a role in the hiring, as evidenced by his recent work. Under his leadership, Queens College has undergone major facility renovations that have generated over $1 million in revenue, according to the school.
“Choosing Rob to take on the interim athletic director role was an easy decision,” Vice President for Student Affairs Adam Rockman said. “Rob’s dedication to and support of our student athletes, as well as his commitment to Queens College, ensure that the department is in very good hands.”
Twible will also oversee the renovations of the locker room and aquatic facilities, with plans for future renovations to the college’s outdoor track facility and soccer fields also in the works.
“I want to thank Dr. Rockman and the administration for this great opportunity. I look forward to building on our successes and helping with the transition for the permanent athletic director,” Twible said.
Twible, an East Meadow resident, is a Queens College alumnus and was a member of the men’s basketball team, coming to Flushing following a two-year stint at Nassau Community College.
He received an associate’s degree in business administration from Nassau before earning a bachelor’s in physical education from Queens.
Reach reporter Zach Gewelb by e-mail at zgewe