FORT MYERS, Fla. - Jo-Ann Nester, who served as Florida Gulf Coast University's interim athletic director last year and has served as the Associate Athletic Director for Academics and Compliance for the past four years, has resigned effective Oct. 2 to be the new athletic director at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire.
Saint Anselm is Catholic school with an enrollment of 2,000 located in Manchester, N.H. It has a Division II program with 20 sports that competes in the Northeast-10 Conference. Nester applied for the position in mid-July.
“I’ve known about Saint Anselm College and their fine athletic program and excellent academic reputation since I was at Dartmouth,” said Nester. “I am very happy to have this excellent opportunity to lead their athletic program and to become a part of the Saint Anselm community. I am looking forward to the challenges and new experiences and also to complete my career as an athletic director at a highly selective, rigorous academic institution with a fine athletic tradition.
I wish the best for our student athletes, coaches and administrators. I have been proud to be a part of FGCU athletics and will now move on to become a Saint Anselm Hawk.”
Nester has served as an AD at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Ind., and at the University of San Diego. She holds a Doctorate of Education from Temple and a master's degree from West Chester State College, where she also earned her bachelor's degree in health and physical education.
"Although we share in Jo-Ann’s excitement with this new opportunity, we are sad to lose her talents and enthusiasm that are so valued each day,” said FGCU Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh. “She has contributed greatly to the numerous successes in FGCU athletics since her arrival here in 2005, most especially when she assumed the role of interim director of athletics for most of the 2008-09 year. The student-athletes she has served have been very fortunate to have had her leadership, mentoring, and support, and I know how much she appreciated the opportunity to work with such a wonderful group of young men and women at FGCU.”