Julie Ruppert was named the fifth Commissioner of the Northeast-10 Conference on May 1, 2008. Her appointment as Commissioner made NCAA Division II history as she was the first female Commissioner in the division.
In her role as Commissioner, Ruppert is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of a premier Division II conference with its 15 member colleges and universities located in New England and New York. Ruppert directed the NE10’s recent strategic Brand Enhancement and Communications project that resulted in the December, 2016 launch of an NE10 Brand Platform, EMBRACE Brand campaign and a new Conference identity program.
Ruppert represents the NE10 on the national level and has an extensive history of NCAA Committee service, including a current term on the NCAA DII Championships Committee. Shortly after beginning her tenure at the NE10, Ruppert was appointed to the NCAA Division II Management Council representing the Conference. She has also served on the NCAA Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct, as a member of the Division II Identity Subcommittee and served as chair of the NCAA Convention Planning Project Team.
She has completed service on two task forces - the NCAA Division II Long Range Projections Task Force, whose purpose was to draft a financial plan for the division through 2023-24, as well as the NCAA Division II Academic Requirements Committee Task Force that successfully sought to address needed adjustments in initial and continuing eligibility rules.
Ruppert is an active member of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA) where in 2013, she was appointed to a 4-year term on the organization’s Board of Directors. Ruppert is also active within the DII Collegiate Commissioner’s Association, and was recently elected to a four term on that organization’s Executive Committee and has served as chair of its Strategic Planning Committee.
Ruppert joined the NE10 after spending 15 years with the America East Conference, an NCAA Division I Conference. Ruppert served various roles within the America East Conference during her tenure including Sr. Associate/Associate/Asst Commissioner and was interim Commissioner from March – August, 2005. While at America East, she represented the Conference on the NCAA Division I Championships Cabinet, chairing the Cabinet’s nominating committee, as well as the NCAA Honors Committee. She began her career in athletic administration at Middlebury College where she spent a year working in athletic communications (1991-92) before spending a year with the Eastern College Athletic Conference (1992-93).
A graduate of Middlebury College, Ruppert holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with an American Literature concentration.
Ruppert and her husband John, the Deputy Director of Athletics at Bryant University, are the parents of twins Connor and Emma.