BAKERSFIELD, Calif.,- CSU Bakersfield Director of Athletics Jeff Konya has removed his name from the list of finalists for the Athletics Director position at California State University Northridge and will continue in his current position at CSU Bakersfield.
It was reported by several local media outlets Sunday evening that Konya would be interviewed for the Cal State Northridge job. However, after meeting with CSU Bakersfield President Dr. Horace Mitchell and Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Thomas Wallace, Konya made the decision to remain at CSUB. Konya will be given a five-year contract.
"We are very pleased with what Jeff Konya has accomplished in two years here at CSU Bakersfield and we are looking forward to working with him in the future," Mitchell said. "Jeff has moved our athletics program in an upward direction and we want to continue on that path under his leadership in athletics."
Since taking over in January of 2011, Konya has guided CSUB through several milestone accomplishments, one of the most visible being the Roadrunners' acceptance into the Western Athletic Conference beginning July 1, 2013. He also helped broker affiliate conference memberships for several CSUB sports including baseball, which will begin competition in the WAC next month.
Under Konya's watch, CSUB has also garnered national attention for facility improvements including the nation's first blue basketball floor along with the 'New Gold Standard' marketing campaign, which earned CSUB a NACMA 'Marketing Team of the Year' finalist spot in 2012.
"I am pleased Jeff will continue in his role as Director of Athletics at CSU Bakersfield," Wallace said. "We are confident in his ability to advance the University's mission of providing quality academic, athletics and co-curricular programs and services."
Along with exposure for CSUB Athletics, Konya has also been instrumental in helping CSUB take major steps in developing as a Division I athletics program by signing agreements with Nelligan Sports Marketing for multimedia rights and corporate sales, and most recently with Collegiate Consulting to handle season and group ticket sales for CSUB home events.
Student academic success and graduation are major priorities at CSUB. Under Konya's watch nearly 50% of CSUB student-athletes are maintaining a 3.0 grade-point-average and CSUB has recently passed NCAA audits regarding graduation rates. CSUB student-athletes have also been active in the community donating over 3000 hours of service to Kern County in the last two years.
"I am happy that what we've accomplished in the last few years at CSUB has drawn attention from others in the NCAA, but this is just the tip of the iceberg of what we can accomplish," Konya said. "There is still plenty of work to do but we have built the foundation for success; I'm committed to this community and this institution and I feel this athletic department is poised to do great things in the years to come."