The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) has announced a major change to its senior leadership, as Colleen Maguire will be the new face of the organization from her newly created role as chief operating officer, effective immediately.
Maguire, who has been with the NJSIAA since 2014 and most recently served as its director of finance and administration, will assume all duties of outgoing Executive Director Larry White, who held the position since January 2018. White will step away from all day-to-day responsibilities on June 30 but will remain on the NJSIAA staff as an advisor until the end of the calendar year.
“Thanks to Larry’s smooth, steady guidance of our association during his tenure as executive director, we’re perfectly positioned to continue the consistent progress our membership has enjoyed,” said Mary Liz Ivins, president of the NJSIAA Executive Committee. “The NJSIAA is committed to a seamless, simple transition at this time, in support of our focus on getting students safely back to athletic participation. And because Colleen has had the advantage of working so closely with Larry for several years, I’m entirely confident she’ll step most effectively into the role of COO.”
In succeeding White, Maguire becomes the first female to lead the NJSIAA after receiving unanimous approval from the Executive Committee, which met earlier this month. With a background in finance, Maguire will bring a new perspective to the helm that contrasts with many other NJSIAA employees who have experience in education and athletic administration.
“That being my background may have led them to the title of Chief Operating Officer because that’s a very common title you find in any business organization,” Maguire said. “Leadership is leadership. It’s about bringing together the right people at the right time and putting your people in the best position to be successful. Whether you’re retired from an education setting or coming from a business sector, I think the most effective leadership is the one that not only understands how your business works — how you make money and how you spend your money — but also understanding your primary constituents.”
Prior to the NJSIAA, the Moorestown, New Jersey resident spent time at Commerce Bank/TD Bank based in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC in Washington, DC.
Maguire was captain of the women’s basketball team at George Washington University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in accountancy and a summa cum laude designation as a 1997 graduate. She obtained her certified public accountant license in 1998 and was named to George Washington’s athletic hall of fame in 2008.
Maguire was also a basketball standout at South Hunterdon Regional High School in Lambertville, New Jersey, where she scored 2,162 career points and led the school to the 1992 Group I championship.