Boston College made it official today with the hiring of Martin Jarmond, who was previously Ohio State’s Deputy Athletic Director:
Jarmond, who was a key member of Michigan State’s 1.2 billion dollar “Campaign For MSU” fundraiser and was recognized by Sports Business Daily Journal for his contributions to intercollegiate athletics by being named to its prestigious “Forty Under 40.” He oversaw Ohio State’s $120 million Athletic Director master plan as well.
He was spoken highly of by BC President Father Leahy:
“I am delighted that Martin Jarmond will be the next athletics director at Boston College,” said Fr. Leahy. “His work as deputy director of athletics at Ohio State and at Michigan State have given him not only appreciation of the opportunities and challenges of intercollegiate athletics, but also experience in how to respond effectively to them. He is a person with high energy, infectious enthusiasm, and an impressive ability to engage with people and issues.”
The energetic Jarmond also spoke to Boston College in a press release today (press conference will be on Monday):
“I am humbled and honored to serve as the William V. Campbell Director of Athletics at Boston College,” said Jarmond. “I am grateful to Fr. Leahy and Boston College for entrusting me with this role. I have always believed that the commitment to high academic standards and competing at the highest level athletically are not mutually exclusive. The opportunity to serve at a top-notch academic institution in the ACC is a dream come true for me. I am passionate about helping young people develop and integrate the intellectual, athletic, social and spiritual components of their lives.
“My leadership style is consistent with BC’s values: operating with integrity, passion, and a relentless focus on getting better every day,” said Jarmond. “I can assure you that I will put in the work to make our students, alumni, and fans proud of BC athletics. I knew it would take a special place to leave Ohio State. It is clear to me that Boston College is that place.”
Former boss, Ohio State AD Gene Smith also spoke highly of his protege:
“Martin is one of the best administrators I have ever worked with,” said Gene Smith, who serves as OSU’s senior vice president and Wolfe Foundation endowed athletics director. “His leadership skills are exceptional. It has been a tremendous honor working with him and watching him develop into a premier athletic administrator. His contributions to The Ohio State University have been significant, and he will be missed.”
Jarmond will take over for Brad Bates when he leaves June 1. He has a lot of work ahead of him, but it’s hard not to get excited about the potential he brings to Boston College.
Welcome to the Heights, Martin!