Robert Boland Named Academic Chair of the NYU-SCPS Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management


NEW YORK, September 16, 2011 –Robert Boland has been appointed academic chair of the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management at the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS), effective September 1, 2011.
In his new position, Boland will help to oversee general compliance, faculty enrichment and development, accreditation assessment, articulation agreements, distance learning, study abroad, and the Tisch Center Scholars Program. He will also focus on scholarships, student advisement, students at risk, and direct supervision of the adjunct faculty including recruitment, training, retention, and curricula. 

“I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the continued success of the Tisch Center and its outstanding students and faculty,” said Boland, who is also a clinical associate professor of sports management at the Tisch Center.  “I look forward to working toward a shared vision of the future of the Tisch Center.”

A valued member of the Tisch Center faculty since 2003, Boland is a co-author of the Center’s cutting edge curricula in sports business, hospitality industry, and tourism management studies and helped develop first of its kind courses in Professional Franchise Operations and Antitrust and Collective Bargaining in Sports as well as a five-course undergraduate concentration in sports and the law. Boland also led in the recruitment for adjunct faculty of senior officials from the NFL, MLB, and various professional franchises. He was awarded the NYU-SCPS Distinguished Teaching Award in 2006 and currently serves as one of 20 faculty members to be a Faculty Fellow in Residence, where he directs enrichment programming for students.

“Professor Boland’s acute level of passion and devotion to the academic and clinical fields of the Tisch Center makes him an excellent choice for academic chair,” said Bjorn Hanson, HVS chair and divisional dean of the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management. “His history of excellence demonstrates his ability to support and inspire our students and faculty and bring the Tisch Center to new heights of distinction.”

Boland holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a J.D. from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. In addition to his role at the Tisch Center, Boland is a practicing attorney and well-known sports law expert who is frequently quoted by national media. He is the author of two of the most comprehensive studies of coaching contracts and economics in the National Football League, both published in the Marquette University Sports Law Review. Having served as an NFL certified player agent for more than 10 years, Boland has negotiated more than 100 player endorsement contracts in a variety of professional sports.

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