Jay Judge ’07, ’09MBA
Assistant Athletics Director for Development, Seton Hall University
What did Iona College’s SEM Business program and/or faculty mean to you?
When going into graduate school, I was unsure of what I wanted to do with my life and if I really wanted/needed to go to graduate school. After just one year in the program, I knew I was in the right place and learning more than I ever thought possible. I was getting real life experiences and information rather than just learning right from a book which I now know prepared me for my career more than anything.
What was the most beneficial aspect of the program that potential students should know about?
Potential students should know that you are going to learn from very successful, bright and entertaining professors that are there not because they have to be but because they want to be. You will learn something in every class that you will be able to apply to your job in the future.
How did the program help your career?
I was lucky that the career I am currently in is one that I have been in since my undergraduate schooling. What I learned in the program helped me understand that no matter what career you have, the same basic principles exist and if you are a great teammate in the workplace and are a hard worker, opportunities are endless.
What was the most memorable experience in being part of the program?
The most memorable experience while I was in the program was my final project for my final class. It was a group project that started from scratch to come up with a complete plan for where the MLL (Major League Lacrosse) should host their championship game. Once completed, all of the groups presented them to the president of the MLL. It was a hands-on project that the winning group’s location was taken into consideration for a future championship game and then they got to go to the championship game that year in Boston at Harvard University to see how it was run.
What are you doing now? Please include your current title and a brief description of your role.
I am currently working at Seton Hall University in the Athletic Department as an assistant athletic director for development. As the assistant athletics director for development, I oversee the day-to-day operations of the Pirate Blue Athletic Fund, which works with Seton Hall alumni and fans to raise funds to benefit Seton Hall University's 14 varsity athletic programs.