Jeff Compher is a former American collegiate athletics administrator. He was the athletic director at East Carolina University from April 2013 to May 2018.
In 1980, Compher earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from James Madison University, where he also played football, then graduated from Shippensburg University in 1982 with a master's degree in counseling and student personnel services.
Compher served as Athletic Director at Western Carolina University from 2000-2004, and held athletic administrative positions at North Carolina State University, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Washington. He was athletic director Northern Illinois University for five years, and was appointed to the same position at East Carolina University in April 2013.Compher oversaw ECU's entrance into the American Athletic Conference.
While at ECU, Compher fired head football coach Ruffin McNeill after a 5-7 season. Compher then hired Scottie Montgomery, who produced three straight 3-9 seasons. Compher resigned from his position as AD in March of 2018, and Montgomery was fired later that year.
Compher's resignation included a $1,262,500 buyout agreement to be paid out over five years. He was hired in October of 2019 by WittKieffer, an executive search firm, but his employment with that firm did not reduce his payments from ECU.
Compher is married to Cathy and the couple have two sons, C.J. and David.
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