Coach, entrepreneur and broadcaster Cathy Andruzzi and veteran sports communications executive Art Berke have been appointed Associate Directors and Dr. David A. Feigley has been named the Academic Chair of the Rutgers Global Business M.S. Program. The announcement was made Monday by the program's executive director Mike Finkelstein.
The M.S. program in Global Sports Business will begin conducting classes in the fall 2016 semester. The multi-disciplinary program offered by the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences reflects the university's strengths in such areas as finance, marketing, management, and law, as well as its location in the Northeast Corridor, a center of the sports industry.
The program's curriculum, which is designed to train students for careers in all sectors of the in-dustry, consists of 12 three-credit courses, a three-credit internship and a one-credit continuing colloquium of speakers. The staff and faculty will include prominent sports industry leaders who can draw from their own expertise and experience to prepare students for success.
Aside from being the executive director, Finkelstein is also the creator of the program. He takes on his new role after stellar 22-year career in advertising, marketing and client acquisition and a dozen years as a faculty member, mentor and the Senior Advisor for Strategic Partnerships in the Rutgers University undergraduate sports management program.
Andruzzi has been an athlete, coach, businesswoman, broadcaster and public speaker. The for-mer head women's basketball coach at Wagner College, East Carolina University and Fordham University was also a successful Domino's Pizza franchisee/owner, General Manager of the American Basketball League's Philadelphia Rage, and Executive Director of the 2000 NCAA Women's Final Four. She is a basketball color analyst and President of Druzz Ltd., her market-ing consulting firm.
Berke takes on his new role after serving in key roles at the highest levels of the sports industry with Major League Baseball, ABC Television and Sports Illustrated. Berke, who currently serves as an editor and writer for the Chicago White Sox, also has written five books on sports and has been the editor of an award-winning sports encyclopedia for children.
At Rutgers, Dr. Feigley serves as the Academic Chair of the Global Sport Business M.S. Pro-gram. He is also a faculty member in the Masters, Business and Science Programs and the Ph.D. Program in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology. He served as chair of the undergraduate pro-gram in Exercise Science and Sport Studies for 17 years (1995-2012). He earned his doctorate in Psychobiology and his current work in sport psychology focuses primarily on developing healthy organized sports programs for children and youth.
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