Rich Jacob


Dr. Richard Jacob, Division Head, Applied and Social Sciences

What is your education and background?

I have a total of five educational degrees.  I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Philosophy at Eisenhower College.  I also have a M.S. degree in Physical Education from Canisius College and a M.S.Ed. in Educational Counseling from Niagara University and most recently I earned my Ph.D. in Counseling, School and Educational Psychology from SUNY Buffalo.   

I started at Medaille in 1995 and served as the first Athletic Director to help develop a NCAA athletic department for the college.  During that time, I also served as the first basketball coach.

Currently, I am a full time faculty member and Division Head for the Applied and Social Science department and Program Director for Sport Management.

 Tell us about your typical work day…

No one day is the same.  As a Division Head, I attend numerous meetings with Academics, especially working on the transitions of merging the campuses. I also teach a number of classes and meet with students, faculty and administrators throughout the day.

 What is your favorite part of working at Medaille?

The people. The people often make a work place what it is and that is certainly true for Medaille. Medaille is a great place for a lot of reasons but especially because it provides many opportunities for students to grow academically, personally and professionally which is a great example of “it takes a village” and the people here provide that environment.

 What are your interests and hobbies?

Basketball is what I know and do best.  Every Friday morning, I play in a game here at Medaille.  I also love the outdoors and have affinity to blues music.  In my spare time, I am currently writing a biography of the great lacrosse legend, John Tavares of the Buffalo Bandits.

 If you could eat dinner with one famous person, who would it be?

Why not Elvis? 

Describe yourself in 3 words…

Respectful. Thankful. Not Easy.

If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why?

My grandparents came from Beirut, Lebanon. I would love to go and visit the mother country and see their land. 

Please tell a success story while working here at Medaille (or favorite Medaille memory or story)

During my second year here at Medaille, it was also the second year that the athletic department existed, I was head coach of the basketball team.  We participated in a national basketball tournament of small colleges and we made it to the final 4.  We ended up finishing the tournament in 3rd place – which included wins against the defending champions of the small college organizations and the home team in front of a packed gym.  It is certainly a fond and proud memory of mine as the team was made up of athletes from the Western New York area and we surprised a lot of people at that tournament.

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