NJCAA Insider - December 2017

Get to Know 2nd Vice President for Men – Tommy Stewart

Currently serving his 16th season in a national role for the NJCAA, Tommy Stewart is in his first season as the 2nd Vice President for the association's men's division. He is currently in his 21st year at Holyoke (MA) and just recently directed the Division III Cross Country Championships in Westfield, MA.

Stewart serves as the chair of the DIII men's golf committee and vice-chair of the track & field committee. He also co-chairs the finance and budget committee.   

What is your favorite thing about the NJCAA?

Providing athletic offerings to kids who aren't necessarily ready for a four-year institution but receive the same experience.  Whether they are DI, DII or DIII.  We provide a tremendous amount of travel and a high level of competition.

What is something special about yourself related to your job as an officer?

I am a workaholic who leaves no stone unturned.  I like to think that I find what is best for the entire organization, not what is best for the few.  I want to hear criticism, complaints, and compliments.  All three are welcomed and encouraged. We were elected to our positions to represent what is best for the NJCAA.  Our colleagues will provide us the material for what is best.

Why do you recommend the NJCAA to potential student-athletes?

It is a great way to continue athletically.  For many, this is their last stop of collegiate athletics....for others it is a stepping stone. Either way, it is a great life learning experience.

What are some of the most important initiatives that are coming up for the organization?

What and who we are as we move forward with our new executive director.  This is being started with the divisional philosophy study.  Also, helping curtail enrollment drops at our institutions and how athletics play a critical role in that.

Your favorite leadership quote?

"The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things.  He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things."  President Ronald Reagan

Can you tell us something special about you in general?

A son of a dairy farmer with a strong Boston accent.  I have been told that I am quick witted with a great sense of humor.  I love old cars, golf and of course the Pats and Red Sox!

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