Alex Ricker-Gilbert’s Big Promotion
Alex Ricker-Gilbert ’09 is the new athletic director at Jacksonville University. Ricker-Gilbert, who is one of youngest athletic directors (if not the youngest) in Division I at age 28, was promoted to the role on Wednesday after joining JU as the school’s associate athletic director for compliance and student-athlete services in 2014. He will start his new job on May 1.
Back in January, Ricker-Gilbert became the school’s senior associate athletic director of administration. According to Jacksonville.com, he was groomed for the AD job by the man he’s replacing, Donnie Horner. In the same article, Ricker-Gilbert said that his time at Penn State led to him dreaming of becoming an athletic director some day.
Ricker-Gilbert is a third-generation Penn Stater, as his grandparents (Ralph Ricker ’29 and Virginia Dale Ricker ’29), aunt (Mary Virginia Ricker ’62), and mother (Heather Ricker-Gilbert ’69) all attended Penn State. His father, Harvey, is a former head of the university’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Bill DiFilippo, online editor