John Gruppo



I am currently the Associate Director for University Budgeting & Financial Planning at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). Among other responsibilities in this position, I serve as the primary point of contact between Intercollegiate Athletics and the University Finance Division. Prior to my current role, I served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Budget & Finance at The George Washington University in DC for three years, serving as the chief financial officer for the Department of Athletics & Recreation. In this role, I was responsible for creating and managing the annual budget and all financial reporting for 27 Intercollegiate Athletic Programs and nearly twenty administrative support units as well as the Lerner Health & Wellness Center. Additionally, I served as the Sports Administrator for Men’s & Women’s Cross Country & Track. 


Prior to working at GW, I spent nearly ten years with the Northeastern University Department of Athletics and Recreation. My last four years at NU were in the role of Assistant Athletic Director for Business & Ticketing, having served as a member of the Athletic Department’s Senior Leadership Team with management responsibility for Business Office and Ticket Office operations while also spending the 2011-12 season as the Sport Administrator for Women’s Rowing. Prior to that, I spent over five years overseeing a combination of Ticketing, Business Operations, Merchandise & Licensing and Student-Athlete Welfare. Over the years I have also worked in athletic ticketing at Harvard University and as a Coordinator of Ticket Sales for a variety of special events including the annual Beanpot Hockey Tournament, the 2006 NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four, and the 2010 Sun Life Frozen Fenway College Classic. 


I have served on both the Program and Membership Committees for the College Athletic Business Management Association (CABMA) having led roundtable topic discussions at six national conventions. Through my involvement with CABMA, I had my first article published in Athletic Administration’s March 2013 edition on professional development within CABMA and our own organizations entitled “Cultivating the CABMA Farm System”. I am also an active member of the National Association of Athletic Ticket Sales & Operations (NAATSO).


In addition to my various roles in intercollegiate athletics, I have spent the last eleven years teaching in Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies – Masters in Sports Leadership program. I was the responsible for designing the original curriculum for this course and have taught the course since it was first offered in the Spring of 2008.


On a personal note, I currently reside in Hawthorne, NJ with my wife Sara and our 5-yr old twin daughters, Emma & Lily.  I am a two-time graduate of Northeastern University, having earned both a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and a Masters in Business Administration.


MBA from Northeastern University (2009)