Now in his third decade as a College employee, Director of Athletics Chris Kenny '86 M'98 was chosen to assume his current role on July 1, 2015, after a nationwide search for a new director of athletics. The 2018-19 school year is his 32nd as an employee of the College.
The senior associate director of athletics during the 2014-15 school year, Kenny has served a host of roles during his time at the College, most recently being primarily responsible for NCAA compliance, marketing, development and sport administration for the Purple Knights prior to becoming director of athletics. Kenny is a product of Saint Michael's, earning a bachelor of arts degree in journalism in 1986, and a master of science degree in administration and management at the College in 1998.
After a brief stint as public relations director in the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies minor league systems following graduation, he returned to his alma mater in summer 1987 to become the College's sports information director, a position he held for eight years. Following his term as the school's SID, he served as director of athletic external affairs for two years before being promoted first to assistant director of athletics, then associate director of athletics. Kenny was again promoted in 2014-15, this time becoming the senior associate director of athletics.
A well-known face around campus, Kenny is a member of several committees, both on campus and in the outer realm of college athletics. A former member of the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Committee, he is a member of the Northeast-10 Conference's Committee on Sports Administration. In January 2018, he began a three-and-a-half-year term on the NE10 Executive Committee. On campus, he is a member of the College's Athletic Task Force and Athletic Advisory Council and has chaired the College's Athletic Hall of Fame Committee.
Kenny is a graduate of Leadership Champlain, a prestigious year-long program focused on developing professional leadership and awareness of issues facing Vermont, and is an active volunteer in and outside the Burlington community. He is a volunteer youth sports coach, a Wish Granter for Make-A-Wish Vermont, and volunteers for Vermont's Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, a residential summer camp for children with cancer, having served the camp as a member of its board of directors for 10 years. He is also the Executive Director of the Robert J. Kenny Memorial Golf Tournament, a fundraising event that has endowed camping scholarships at the Clara Barton Camp for girls and Joslin Camp for boys with diabetes since 1994. He is a member of the Barton Center's "Friends of Barton" and serves on the Board of Directors for the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame.