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Crafting A Game Plan For Success With Presbyterian College’s Rob Acunto

Guest Rob Acunto, Presbyterian College
20:43 min watch


Former Presbyterian College Director of Athletics/current Fresno State Deputy AD Rob Acunto joins ADU’s Tai M. Brown at the 2023 NACDA Convention to discuss how he crafted a game plan for success with the Blue Hose. Acunto explains how his goal of “transforming” athletics at PC was guided by three “Cs” of leadership – communication, collaboration and coordination – as well as six Guiding Principles. Brown and Acunto also dive into the synergy between organizational and personal core values and how to evaluate and onboard new hires through a trickle-down leadership style.

The conversation is indexed below for efficient viewing (click the time stamp to jump to a specific question/topic).

  • - You've had a ton of wins during your tenure at Presbyterian College; give us some insight into the thought process behind that progress.
  • - How have the organization's core values and your personal core values fit into your use of the word "transform" to describe what you've done at PC?
  • - How have your skills in terms of evaluating people when you're making hires or deciding to part ways with a staffer sharpened and evolved? As you've grown as a leader, what skills have you sharpened over the last 4-5 years?
  • - How do you communicate specific expectations for the department when individuals interview, during their onboarding process and as they grow as a staff member? How do you continue to evaluate their understanding of those expectations for success?
  • - You want to make sure the leaders within your organization are well-versed in your language of success so that the staffers they're overseeing can truly understand what their job is... how do you build that into your leadership style?
  • - How do you define the term "transform"?