For over 25 years, LifePath has honored individuals in the Capital Region who are in their third age. The Third Age Achievement Awards are not lifetime awards; instead, the Award is designed to pay tribute to members of the Capital Region who make significant contributions to our community after turning 60. These individuals show the world that life and the contributions made to our community don’t stop at 60, 70, 80, or over.
The third age of life can be a time full of opportunities to enrich our communities, pursue dreams, and provide leadership. The Third Age Achievement Awards honor individuals who excel in all of these endeavors and among this year’s honorees is Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Lee McElroy.
McElroy began at Rensselaer as interim director of athletics in March 2015 and was named the permanent director in July 2015. He is responsible for overseeing the Institute’s 12 men’s and 11 women’s NCAA intercollegiate teams (21 Division III, 2 Division I), involving nearly 600 student-athletes.
For the 14 years prior to joining Rensselaer, he served as Vice President and Director of Athletics at the University of Albany. During this time he was appointed to the NCAA Management Council and elected president of the National Association of College Athletic Directors (NACDA); won three America East Commissioner’s Cups in 2007, 2013 and 2014; earned 32 NCAA post-season berths; won 74 America East conference titles; was named to the NACDA Hall of Fame in 2012; and served as President of the America East Board of Directors in 2007 and 2011.
The ECAC Athletics Director of the Year in December of 2014, McElroy was appointed Emeritus Vice President and Director of Athletics by State University of New York in 2015. He is a Trustee with the Capital District YMCA and also served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the United States Sports Academy and The College of Saint Rose as well as the Director for the California Minority Golf Association.
Through his more than three decades of athletic administration experience, McElroy also served as athletic director at several other prominent universities, including American University and California State University. In addition, he served as associate director of athletics at the University of Houston.