Talking Leadership With James Madison AD Jeff Bourne

June 20th, 2018 | by Jonathan Yates
Talking Leadership With James Madison AD Jeff Bourne

Jeff Bourne– James Madison Director of Athletics

James Madison Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne sits down with CollegeAD’s Jonathan Yates to discuss a number of topics pertaining to the JMU athletic department. We’ve earmarked and highlighted several different topics and points throughout the interview that might be of most interest to you. Yates and Bourne dive in on hiring, leadership, facilities, emotion, College Gameday, and more.

00:17 Changes Jeff has seen in college athletics and the changes he’s made at James Madison since taking over in 1999.


02:14 Importance of facilities


03:06 Difference in working in the CAA or FCS vs the Power Five


04:20 Alumni engagement


10:56 Opportunities for student-athletes after sports


15:54 Impact of Title IX


24:01 Leadership and knowing how to delegate


25:52 What Jeff looks for when making a hire


32:34 Impact of bringing College Gameday to campus

Jonathan Yates About Jonathan Yates
Jonathan Yates spent much of his career working for Members of Congress in a variety of press and legislative posts. Positions he has held working for Members of Congress and state legislators include Chief of Staff, General Counsel, Legislative Director, Press Secretary, and Legislative Assistant. His journalistic work has appeared in such periodicals as The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Investor's Business Daily, and TheStreet, among others. He has degrees from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and Georgetown University Law Center; and has also matriculated at the U.S. Naval War College and The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Jonathan also hosts The Culture of Sports You can follow Jonathan Yates on Twitter at @politicsports13

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