Jonathan Harper enters his fifth year as the Director of Athletics in Newbury College. Over the past four years, Harper has supervised the addition of men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse and men's and women's track & field as varsity sports at Newbury bringing the total number of sports at NC to 16. In addition, he assisted with the planning and fundraising for the Chawla Fitness Center. Harper served as the Chair of the Athletic Directors Council of the New England Collegiate Conference for the last two years and is an Adjunct Professor at Newbury teaching business, sport management and communications classes. In December of 2017, he was named to the NCAA Division III Membership Committee.
Prior to coming to Newbury, Harper spent the past decade working in conference offices where he was instrumental in developing web-streaming initiatives, strategic planning, championship administration and scheduling. As the Assistant Commissioner for the Strategic Communications at the NCAA Division II, Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC), he was responsible for promoting the conference's 15 intercollegiate athletics championships as well as regular season scheduling. Additionally, he also spent a year as an Adjunct Faculty member at Post University teaching sports management and communication classes.
Harper spent five years as the first full-time Commissioner of one of New England's premier Division III conferences, the Little East Conference (LEC). While with the LEC, he successfully launched the conference's official video stream website, www.littleeast.tv as well as mobile initiatives at www.littleeast.mobi. Overseeing the conference's 19 championships and serving as the direct liaison between the NCAA and the conference presidents and athletic directors, he was also successful at establishing the LEC's corporate partnership program.
Additionally, he also spent one year as the Commissioner of the NCAA Division II East Coast Conference on Long Island after seven years as the Associate Commissioner of New England's Division II, Northeast-10 Conference.
Harper also has experience at the institutional level spending two years as the Assistant Athletic Director/Sports Information Director at Fitchburg State University in the late 1990s. As the Assistant Athletic Director, he oversaw student workers, game-day operations, the operation of the department's Hall of Fame and implemented a program to manage the budget.
In addition, he served as the ECAC Asa S. Bushnell Intern for External Affairs for a year in 1997-1998 while also being a member of Cape Cod Baseball League's Bourne Braves' management team from 1995-1998.
A native of Springfield, Missouri, Harper's graduated from Bridgewater State University with a degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Recreation in 1997 before obtaining his Master's of Science in Education with specialization in Sports Management from Nova Southeastern University in May 2003. Harper is the proud father of 17-year-old twins, Clayton and Skyler.