Former Director of Athletics and Recreation, Northeastern University
Peter Roby has been a leader in college sports for more than four decades – as a basketball player, coach, sports marketing executive, scholar and athletics director.
For the past decade, Roby has served as director of athletics and recreation at Northeastern University, where he directs the university’s 18-sport, NCAA Division I athletic department, which competes in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), Hockey East Association, and Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges. In that role, Roby also oversees Northeastern Campus Recreation, which offers more than 40 club and 30 intramural sports teams, as well as a wealth of physical education opportunities for Northeastern students.
Under Roby’s leadership, Northeastern has reached new levels of success on the field of competition, winning seven regular season conference championships, 17 postseason conference championships, two Women’s Beanpots, and eight New England Championships in track and field.
Northeastern’s competitive success during Roby’s tenure is matched only by its student-athletes’ performance in the classroom. Under his guidance, Northeastern student-athletes have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in each of the past 19 semesters, dating to 2007.
Roby’s impact stretches far beyond the Northeastern campus. He recently completed a five-year term as a member of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, which is responsible for selecting and seeding the NCAA tournament field. He’s also played a significant role in the NCAA Pathway Program, which is designed to help elevate senior-level professionals in athletics administration to athletic directors.
Prior to being appointed athletics director in 2007, Roby served as the director of the university’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society, where he was a national leader championing the role sports can play in bringing about positive social change through research, education, and advocacy.
Before that, Roby was the vice president of U.S. marketing at Reebok.
Earlier in his career, he served six seasons as men’s basketball head coach at Harvard University and three years as an assistant coach. Before joining Harvard, Roby was an assistant coach at Stanford University, Dartmouth College, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Roby is a 1979 graduate of Dartmouth College, where he was co-captain of the basketball team and earned a bachelor’s degree in government. In 2008, he received his master’s degree in leadership from Northeastern.