Ken Ralph is the Director of Athletics at the University of Maine. Before joining the UMaine community on Sept. 1, 2018, Ralph was the Director of Athletics at Colorado College.
The Salem, New Hampshire native spent 11 years as the Director of Athletics at Colorado College. He also served as the Director of Athletics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) from 2002–07.
Ralph has earned a reputation as a leader in the areas of concept, design and fundraising for athletic facilities. Among his projects are the newly announced $39 million Robson Arena project, and the $27 million refurbishment and expansion of the El Pomar Sports Center, both at Colorado College, and the initial design, planning and fundraising for the $92 million East Campus Athletic Village at RPI.
During his tenure, Colorado College received a dozen gifts of at least $1 million each in support of athletics, with a top gift of $9 million for the Robson Arena project. Beyond capital projects, Colorado College saw sponsorship dollars rise to record levels. The college also secured deals with Nike and Bauer to outfit its teams.
Ralph earned his undergraduate degree in political science at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, where he was recognized as an All-American in swimming in 1989 and 1990. He earned a master’s degree in sports management studies from California University of Pennsylvania.