Columbia University Sports Management Program Names Former Red Sox GM Ben Cherington as Executive-in-Residence

NEW YORK–The Columbia University Sports Management Program today announced that Ben Cherington, one of the most respected executives in professional baseball and until this past August the general manager of the Boston Red Sox, is joining its world class faculty in the position of Executive-in-Residence. Cherington will be instructing a class on the topic of leadership in sports this spring, in the Master of Science in Sports Management degree program.

"The addition of Ben to our Columbia program, reflects our commitment to building a curriculum that combines the real world experiences of sports industry leaders, with the academic rigor of an Ivy League University. Ben and I will continue to explore additional ways in which he can add value to our students and our program" said Vince Gennaro, the Director of the Columbia University Sports Management Program, ranked among the top 3 programs in the world and the Ivy League's only graduate sports management program.

Cherington joined the Red Sox front office in 1999 and rose through the ranks, holding various positions in scouting and player development and was a key part of the 2004 leadership team that gave the Red Sox organization their long-awaited first World Championship in 86 years. He was named Boston's general manager in 2011 and led the Red Sox to the World Championship in 2013, their 3rd Championship in a ten-year span, while earning the coveted MLB Executive of the Year award, by The Sporting News.

"I'm honored to join the team at Columbia. Vince and his team have built a program that brings students and industry leaders together in the most current and impactful ways" said Cherington. "Two of my favorite parts of working in baseball have been to collaborate with outstanding people looking to make a difference, and, to help others grow. I hope sharing my experience can help play a small role in Columbia's mission to prepare its students for a meaningful and impactful career in the sports industry".

Cherington holds an undergraduate degree from Amherst College and an M.S. in Sports Management from University of Massachusetts—Amherst.

About Columbia University’s Master of Science in Sports Management Program

Columbia University’s master’s degree program in Sports Management, available part-time and full-time, trains professionals in all sectors of the sports industry by teaching specific management skills in the areas of finance, analytics, digital media, sports personnel management, law, sports marketing, and facility or event superintendence. This combination of broad-based and specific skill training is a hallmark of the program and is evident in both the content and sequencing of courses.

George Calderaro
PR for Columbia University