Robert Mulcahy

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Bob Mulcahy
Biographical details
Born 1936 (age 77–78)
Alma mater Villanova University
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1998-2009 Rutgers University

Robert Edward "Bob" Mulcahy III (born 1932) was the director of athletics at Rutgers University.


Mulcahy attended Millburn High School in Millburn, New Jersey, and[1] graduated from Villanova University in 1958 with a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) in History.[2] Since arriving in 1998, Mulcahy is noted for having raised the Athletic Department's endowment, in obtaining funding from the New Jersey legislature for a massive renovation of Rutgers athletic facilities, and in getting increased television coverage for the Rutgers' Scarlet Knights football, long regarded as one of the worst programs in NCAA Division I-A competition.[2] In 2008, however, "The Rutgers Mess" hit the press, and accusations leveled at the university and the athletic department included corruption charges and wasteful spending: a report concluded that Mulcahy "employed a sports marketing firm that once hired Mr. Mulcahy’s son. It also criticizes a secret side deal engineered by Mr. Mulcahy in which the marketing firm paid the football coach an extra $250,000".[3] He was fired in December 2008,[4] though he insisted he did nothing wrong.[5]

Mulcahy came to Rutgers on April 15, 1998, after a 19-year tenure as President and CEO of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.[2]

Prior to his position with NJSEA, Mulcahy was involved in government at the municipal and state level. At age 23, he ran successfully for Mendham Councilman about a year after moving to the township. In 1970, he became Mayor. He was appointed in 1976 to the state's first Corrections Commissioner.

Mulcahy was a longtime resident of Mendham Borough.[6]


  1. ^ Caldwell, Dave."IN PERSON; Renaissance Man", The New York Times, December 4, 2005. Accessed January 24, 2008. "Mulcahy, who graduated from Millburn High School and lives in Basking Ridge, did much of the groundwork that let Schiano, after a few tough seasons, become a success in his home state -- their home state."
  2. ^ a b c Robert E. Mulcahy III: Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at (Official Website of Rutgers Intercollegiate Athletics), published by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Accessed 25 January 2007.
  3. ^ "Editorial: The Rutgers Mess". The New York Times. 24 November 2008. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Rutgers fires athletic director Robert Mulcahy". The Star Ledger. 10 December 2008. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Luicci, Tom (11 December 2008). "Mulcahy defends his record as Rutgers AD; insists he did nothing wrong". The Star Ledger. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Litsky, Frank. /gst/fullpage.html?res=950DEED9143DF936A35751C0A96E958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=2 "COLLEGES; Rutgers Hires Mulcahy to Improve Sports Image", The New York Times, February 5, 1998. Accessed January 24, 2008. "Mulcahy lives in Mendham, where he was once the Mayor."