The 2015 Under Armour Division III Athletic Director of the Year Award recipient, Charlie Titus stands as one of the most prominent and respected names in all of college athletics, having served as the leader of the Athletics Department for nearly four decades.
Currently serving as the Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation, Special Projects, and Intramurals, Titus has been instrumental not only in the growth of UMass Boston athletics, but also of college athletics as whole in New England and the country.
Having served as UMass Boston's first director of athletics, Titus helped launch the UMass Boston athletics program, which over the years has seen tremendous success, including multiple national, regional, and conference championships. He was also the driving force behind the creation of the Little East Conference, which remains one of the top Division III athletic conferences in the country. For his contributions to the Little East Conference, Titus was named to the inaugural Hall of Fame class and will be inducted in October of 2012.
Since coming to UMass, Titus has worn many hats, including serving as the university's first and only head coach of men's basketball. He has served on several committees both at the university level and in college athletics. Currently a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Titus has played a major part in developing policies that have significantly shaped college athletics today.
Over the years he has also served on the NCAA Division III Membership Committee and the ECAC Board of Directors. He was also the past Chair of the ECAC Basketball Commemorative Officials Committee and a past member of the NCAA Regional Basketball Committee.
He also played an integral role in the formation and development of the Little East Conference, which has established itself as the premiere Division III athletic conference in New England.
Highly respected by his peers and colleagues, Titus has received multiple honors throughout his distinguished career, including the 2005 General Robert R. Neyland Outstanding Athletic Director Award from the All American Football Foundation. The NCAA honored him with its Diversity in Athletics Award, Gender Diversity Award, Racial Diversity Award, and Excellence in Diversity Award.
Over the last two decades, Titus has been inducted into three different Halls of Fame. He was first named to the Hall of Fame of Saint Michael's College, where he was a standout basketball player before graduating in 1972. In 2005 UMass Boston enshrined him into its Hall of Fame as a way to honor him for his tremendous contributions to the university. Most recently, Titus received perhaps one of the greatest honors any coach can hope to receive, as he was named to the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.
Along with his many contributions to the world of college athletics, Titus has also been extremely active in the local community. Every year, Titus leads a community service effort in which every UMass Boston athletics team works with a host of groups and organizations in the local Boston area.
For his countless contributions to both local area youth as well as young athletes in West Africa, which he visited to put on basketball clinics for players and coaches as part of the YES Africa project, Titus has been recognized as a member of the Ten Outstanding Young Leaders of Greater Boston and has also accepted the Judge Harry Elam Award and the Boston Parks and Recreation Award, both of which honor his service to youth in Boston.
A Boston-area native, Titus grew up in Roxbury, Massachusetts and attended Boston Technical High School before attending Saint Michael's College. On top of his many other responsibilities, Titus is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at Saint Michael's College as well as the Urban College of Boston.