Anthony Archbald, whose resume includes a strong background in law and intercollegiate athletics, has been named Executive Associate Director of Athletics after serving three years as Senior Associate Director for Compliance and Campus Affairs, Director of Athletics Gary Walters ’67 announced today.
Archbald will replace Erin McDermott, who was recently named Director of Athletics at the University of Chicago.
“I am professionally and personally pleased to announce that Anthony Archbald is being appointed and promoted to the Executive Associate Director of Athletics position at Princeton,” Walters said. “We had an exceptionally strong field of candidates from which to choose. It is to Anthony’s credit that his demonstrated competence in his prior role within our department strongly informed our decision.
“I look forward to working with Anthony as we continue to sustain Princeton’s commitment to competitive excellence and fulfill our mission of Education Through Athletics,” Walters added.
“I am honored, humbled and excited to accept this new role,” Archbald said. “I want to thank Princeton University, the hiring committee and most importantly, Gary Walters, for having the trust and confidence in me to assume this role. I look forward to working more closely with Gary and continuing to learn from a leader whose knowledge, passion and commitment to Princeton is second to none.
“Upholding the legacy of this position is a great responsibility, and it is one I do not take lightly,” Archbald added. “I extend my gratitude to everyone along my career that has made it possible for me to accept this new role. I can not wait to get started.”
Archbald will essentially be the chief operating officer of the athletic department, working with Walters on all aspects of the program. His areas of direct oversight will include admissions, facilities, scheduling, event operations, intercollegiate programming and strength and conditioning. He will also be the department's liaison to the athletic medicine staff.
Over the last three years, Archbald was responsible for overseeing the University, Ivy League and NCAA compliance efforts for Princeton's 38 varsity teams and 1,000 varsity athletes. In addition, Archbald worked on a wide range of issues both in the department and as a liaison to several other areas on campus, including student life, academics, health and wellness and discipline.
“I take great pride in being a part of this department,” Archbald said. “I look forward to promoting our mission of Education through Athletics and our strong tradition of athletic success. The student-athletes are our greatest ambassadors and the centerpiece of our mission. Our coaches, alumni and administrators are fully invested in providing the best academic and athletic experience for our student-athletes.
“The commitment to the student-athlete experience will continue to be my guiding principle,” he added.
Archbald came to Princeton from the Western Athletic Conference, where he had spent five years as the Assistant Commissioner for Compliance for the Denver-based league. Prior to that, he spent two years as Assistant Director of Compliance at the Mountain West Conference.
Originally from Brooklyn, Archbald left the New York City area to attend high school near Rochester before attending Boston College. After graduation, he attended Tulane Law School, and he began his legal career working in landlord/tenant law in New York.
He began to question his choice of profession after one excruciating case ended in a family's eviction, and it was then that he decided to pursue a career in college athletics.
His first job was at Brown, where he spent a year as an athletic department intern working in any number of areas, including compliance, event management and ticketing.
Archbald and his wife Lisa have a daughter Riley. They live in Kingston, N.J.