For a number of years in my roles in intercollegiate athletics, I have been in a position to help institutions improve their organizations through their athletic programs. Although assisting institutions and individuals was not directly addressed in the job descriptions, it has been an important and enjoyable part of my life. Therefore, I joined ASC so I can, on a full-time basis, use my unique knowledge base and experience to help others reach their goals.
Kurt Patberg, Ph.D.
With over 30 years of college athletic experience, serving in on- and off-campus roles including over 15 years as a small college commissioner. Kurt Patberg's consulting expertise focuses on helping athletic departments and conferences operate more efficiently. Patberg also has a significant background in working in small college enrollment and management.
Ph.D. - Kinesiology
(Higher Education & Sports Admin.)
M.S. - Sports Adminstration
B.A. - Business Adminstration
Kurt Patberg has become a prominent consultant within small college athletics with his innovative approaches to working with the same type of institutions he worked with as a commissioner. While serving in commissioners’ roles, Patberg also served on the Executive Committees at both the collegiate commissioner’s associations in both NCAA Division II and NAIA. For nearing a decade, Patberg has focused on working specifically with institutions affiliated in NCAA Division II and Division III and the NAIA, he has designed programs that allow institutions and conferences to more freely utilize his services.
Through his experiences, Patberg's knowledge and consulting has expanded to many different areas in small college athletics on topics ranging from conference affiliation and expansion, to NCAA and NAIA transitions, departmental reviews and enrollment and retention assessments. Given Patberg’s significant connections within college athletics, he has also been secured to assist numerous institutions and conferences with searches in small college athletics primarily for athletic directors, associate athletic directors, commissioners and coaches.
Dr. Kurt Patberg of Athletics Staffing and Consultants (ASC), has an extensive collegiate athletic and higher education background that provides him the ability to draw upon his unique experiences and knowledge to enhance admission and retention rates at smaller institutions.
Patberg has worked with numerous small, private institutions, in both formal and informal roles, assisting them with how to best utilize athletics to enhance enrollment and retention rates. Over the years, he has gained his extensive knowledge by meeting with enrollment experts and attending enrollment management seminars, as well as through his hands-on work with various small colleges and universities both as a commissioner and as a consultant. Patberg is among the very few individuals in the country, who specializes in helping senior level management at institutions (private colleges and universities) develop a plan to maximize the use of athletics within their enrollment and retention processes. In the past, Patberg has been a primary presenter at the National Small College Enrollment Management Conference held in Swan Orlando, Florida.
Patberg overall has nearly fifteen years of commissioner experience, with ten of those affiliated with the NCAA, including his most recent stint as commissioner of the Southern States Athletic Conference a leadership position he held from early 2008 to 2012. Patberg, through corporate marketing ventures and membership expansion, led the conference to become one of the stronger conferences in the NAIA. While in this role, he served on the NAIA National Administrative Council and the Collegiate Commissioners Association Executive Committee.
Prior to joining the SSAC, Patberg spent seven years as the general manager of the Competitive Resources which at the time was the leading career and placement service in the country for persons with competitive athletic experiences. During that time, he also assisted in the areas of career development and placement, primarily for collegiate athletes. He was one of the primary designers of the SCORE programs, a seminar that assists student athletes in preparing for professional careers after their days as student-athletes. Along with this, Patberg also served for two years as a lead speaker at the NCAA Career Connections, a special conference for young adults attempting to enter the collegiate sports ranks.
Athletics Staffing & Consulting
- Athletic Director-
Competitive Resources Group
-Board of Advisors-
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
In addition to the years Patberg served as commissioner of SSAC, he served as commissioner of two NCAA Division II conferences—the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (1997-2000) and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (1991-1997).Dr. Patberg has been a pioneer in several areas of conference office operations. The league he led was the first non-Division I conference to implement career development for its athletes, and his conferences were the first NCAA II and NAIA conferences to implement weekly television highlight- and feature-based programs. He is known for his success in the areas of corporate partnership and sponsorship development.
Patberg is married to Susan Montagne Patberg who is in her second decade as head women’s soccer coach at Emory University (NCAA DIII) in Atlanta who recently surpassed the 300-win mark.
Southern State Athletic
-National Adminstrative Council (NAIA)-
Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC)
Athletic Conference (RMAC)