Bowie, Md. – Clyde Doughty, Jr., a veteran of intercollegiate athletics administration including 32 years of experience at New York Institute of Technology, has been named the new director of athletics at Bowie State University, beginning Jan. 7, 2015.
Doughty was director of intercollegiate athletics and managed the recreation and intramural programs at the Old Westbury campus of NYIT from 1988-2014. He served as the academic advisor to student athletes in 1982 and became the assistant director of athletics in 1984. A native of Queens, N.Y., Doughty first went to NYIT on a basketball scholarship in 1976 and enjoyed a playing career that included two appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament, including the national championship game in 1980.
“I’m extremely excited and blessed to have the opportunity to serve as the new athletics director of the Bowie State University Bulldogs,” said Doughty. “I look forward to working with the exceptional student athletes and the entire BSU community in continuing with the outstanding tradition of academic success, social development and quality athletic competition that is synonymous with Bowie State University.”
Doughty brings a wealth of experience in Division II athletics. “I have spent my entire career in Division II,” he said. “Bowie State has allowed me to continue with that experience while also becoming part of the historic Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association (CIAA).”
While at NYIT Doughty counts among his successes the enhancement of the athletic department’s organizational structure and stability and the improved academic performance of student athletes. Under his leadership, the program also fielded highly competitive teams that made numerous appearances in NCAA and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) post-season play. The men’s lacrosse team appeared in the NCAA DII Championship six times, winning the title in 1997, 2003, 2005, and 2008. The lacrosse team also won the ECAC Championship in 2001, and the men’s
basketball team captured the ECAC title in 1995. Several other teams, including men’s track and field, men’s soccer, softball, women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s tennis, all earned repeated trips to post-season competition.
“Mr. Doughty comes to us with decades of high-quality experience as an athletics director in Division II and identifies strongly with student athletes,” said Bowie State University President Mickey L. Burnim. “I think he is just the right person to take our intercollegiate athletics program to a higher level of excellence, and I am very pleased about his joining our leadership team.”
“I want to thank and commend Ms. Donna Polk who has served admirably as Interim Director of Athletics since the departure of Anton Goff in July,” Burnim added.
Polk thanked Dr. Burnim for the opportunity to serve in the leadership role and for his support of the athletics program. “I am excited about the great things occurring in our department with facilities projects and improving the student athlete experience, and I look forward to our continued progression toward excellence under the new leadership of Mr. Doughty,” she said.
Doughty has been active in management roles at both the conference and national levels. He was chair of the ECAC men’s basketball committee, men’s basketball chair for the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference, or NYCAC (now the East Coast Conference), and a member of the NCAA’s Northeast Men’s Basketball Regional Committee. He was president of the NYCAC from 1994-97 and a member of the ECAC’s Executive Council from 1989-1992.
In 2001 he was named to a four-year term on the NCAA Division II Management Council to represent the ECC and was appointed to a second term in 2013. As a member of the council, he served on numerous committees and task groups, including the Division II Budget and Finance Committee, the Division II National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Graduation Rates Project Team.
Doughty has managed multi-million dollar budgets and is an accomplished fundraiser with a record of success in developing alumni programming, sponsorships and marketing initiatives. He was instrumental in the development and implementation of the NYIT Athletics Bears Den Fund Raising Association and the establishment of the Bears Athletic Hall of Fame.
An advocate for educational and social development of student athletes off the field, Doughty assisted in the development of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, the BEARS Mentor Educational Program, and the Bears Care Community Service Program. He also developed the Night Out and Day Out programs as part of the award-winning Bears community engagement initiatives.
In 2004, Doughty was selected by the National Athletic Directors Association as the Division II Northeast Region Athletic Director of the Year.
Doughty holds three degrees from NYIT: a bachelor’s in business management and master’s degrees in human resource management and human relations.