Donald E. Tencher is without a doubt one of the most influential people in the long and storied history of Rhode Island College Athletics, having brought the Anchormen and Anchorwomen athletic programs to local, regional and national prominence over the past two decades.

The West Warwick, R.I. native took over as the Director of Athletics at RIC in 1995 and the program and its facilities have grown in leaps and bounds during his tenure.

Tencher is known as a tireless worker with outstanding organizational skills. He has a knack for hiring great people and possesses a broad and extensive knowledge of intercollegiate athletics. Innovation and integrity are two attributes that have directed his professional life.


Tencher now oversees an intercollegiate athletic program that has come a long way from the one he inherited. The program that was once in a state of flux is now one of the most successful in the nation. Rhode Island College has consistently finished in the top 30 percent of the Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings among a field of 447 Division III institutions nationally.


In addition to success in the competitive arena, academic success and retention of student-athletes continues to be a priority for Tencher and a source of great pride. Under his guidance, every athletic facility on campus has seen major upgrades with the majority of these projects being financed by fundraising efforts.





He has been extremely active in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) where he is currently a member of its Board of Directors and its national secretary. In 2014, 2010, 2006 and 2001, he was selected by NACDA as the Athletic Director of the Year.


In addition to his duties as Athletic Director, Tencher served as the Assistant Vice President for Administration from 2012-16. His duties include providing oversight to the college’s campus police department, facilities and operations area and to all capital projects.




Tencher shows no signs of slowing down and under his continued leadership the future looks bright. The endowment for intercollegiate athletics continues to grow, facilities continue to be enhanced and the success rate for all teams continues to increase.