Shawn Tucker

Associate Athletic Director / Student-Athlete Development

Shawn Tucker

Shawn Tucker is in his seventh season as Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.

Tucker, a 2007 graduate of Rutgers University and a former standout at wide receiver on the football team, leads the Rutgers Leadership Academy for all 600 plus student-athletes and twenty-four sports. Through programming and counseling, the Rutgers Leadership Academy helps to fortify student-athletes at Rutgers with valuable information and tools to guide decision-making in critical life-shaping areas such as career development, personal enrichment, leadership training and civic engagement. Tucker and his team have successfully assisted their students to the tune of 65% of the graduating class each year landing a full-time position or receiving acceptance into a graduate school program.

Over the past few years, Tucker and the Rutgers Leadership Academy has received national recognition for their outstanding efforts in the area of student development. In May 2014, Tucker was selected to serve on the NCAA Life Skills Academy Action Team for DI, DII and DIII institutions.

Tucker currently oversees the board for the Rutgers Leadership Academy that holds members representing companies such as Dun & Bradstreet, Johnson & Johnson, Napier Park and Pfizer to name a few.

Tucker came to Rutgers from Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. He was named team captain as a senior and helped lead Rutgers to its first of four consecutive football bowl championships in 2006. A four-year letterwinner for the Scarlet Knights, Tucker was a key member of two bowl squads during his career “On the Banks.”

As an undergraduate, Tucker served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He graduated with a double major in geography and labor studies in May 2007 and began working for the Office of Continuing Professional Education at Rutgers as a program coordinator for their T.E.E.M. Gateway program. While there, Tucker was a member of a staff that received the 2010 Diversity Leadership Award.

Tucker participated in the implementation of the YE2S Center, a partnership among Rutgers, Newark Public Schools, the City of Newark and Communities in Schools of New Jersey focusing on providing education and employment services for youth in Essex County. Tucker has also mentored youth in Newark through the Rutgers Green Rangers Mural program, which focused on the beautification and revitalization of Newark through the Arts, while also serving as a key collaborator in the New Jersey High School Dropout Prevention Campaign. Tucker received his master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers University.

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