Duquesne Dukes Bring In David Harper To Be A.D.


There is new leadership on the Bluff as Duquesne University announced Wednesday morning that David L. Harper is their new director of athletics. His current role is vice president of advancement at the University of Dayton in Ohio.

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Harper will take the reigns at Duquesne in October. He obtained a Master of Business Administration from Robert Morris University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Wright State University.

“Today begins a relentless pursuit,” Harper told Craig Meyer of the Post-Gazette. “While I’m the athletic director, it’s about the collective team and partnerships we will form to facilitate success. There is a blueprint, and we will begin to assess, plan and execute.”

Harper, 46, brings to the Dukes a very successful record in athletics. Before taking the role of vice president of advancement in 2012, he served in various athletic administrative posts for the Flyers from 1998-2003 and 2005-2012. His achievements through those years led to his becoming the associate vice president of athletics.

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  • With Harper at the helm, Dayton’s Division of Athletics enjoyed increased revenues from donations, sponsorships and ticketing plans/sales. He spearheaded the deployment of all-inclusive strategic plans for the school’s sports programs and various athletic units. He assisted in the hiring process of numerous coaches including men’s basketball, volleyball and other sports. He was charged with scouting and identifying candidates.

    Harper also spent time as an assistant football coach for the Colonials at Robert Morris University from 1994-1997, and he was an assistant athletic director for the Wolverines at the University of Michigan from 2003-2005.

    “He is an ideal fit for Duquesne,” university president Dr. Charles Dougherty told Jonathan Bombulie of the Tribune Review. “He is a leader and a strategic thinker who understands how to build a successful program.”

    Harper replaces Greg Amodio, who spent almost a decade at Duquesne, before leaving to take the athletic director’s position at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.

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