Buoyed by athletics director Mike Bobinski, the Boilermakers are becoming a broad-based force athletically while sustaining their academic excellence – spurring renewed interest among alumni, donors, fans and media.
Bobinski, who was named the ninth full-time athletics director in Purdue history Aug. 9, 2016 – the first with no previous ties to the school – is primed to take the Boilermakers to greater heights. He is under contract through June 30, 2024.
Before coming to Purdue, Bobinski enjoyed successful stints as athletics director at Georgia Tech (2013-16), Xavier (1998-2004, 2006-13) and Akron (1994-98). Between stints as AD at Xavier, he served as associate vice president for development, overseeing all of the university’s fundraising efforts, including major gifts, grant services, and annual and planned giving.
From 1989 to 1994, Bobinski was associate director of athletics at the U.S. Naval Academy. He served as associate and assistant business manager at Notre Dame from 1984 to 1989.
Bobinski served as chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee for the 2012-13 season, and he completed a term on the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee in 2019.
As a licensed certified public accountant, Bobinski went into accounting with Deloitte, Haskins and Sells and Arthur Young & Company from 1979 to 1982. He subsequently worked for the Walt Disney Company in Orlando, Florida, from 1982 to 1984 before moving into college athletics.
A native of Yaphank on Long Island, New York, Bobinski earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Notre Dame in 1979, graduating magna cum laude, while playing four years for the Fighting Irish baseball team.
Bobinski (born Oct. 28, 1957) has two children, Melissa (a 2009 Xavier graduate) and Brian (a 2012 Ohio State graduate), and two grandchildren, Maggie and Bo.