Higher Education and College Athletics in Jacksonville, Florida
Alex Ricker-Gilbert is a well-respected and highly accomplished athletic director in higher education. With over a decade of experience in sports management, Ricker-Gilbert has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to student-athletes, ensuring they reach exceptional levels of success both on the court and in the classroom. Born and raised in Tolland, Connecticut, Ricker-Gilbert resides in Duval County, Florida, where he has been since 2014 after spending three years in Virginia. As the Senior Vice President and Director of Athletics at Jacksonville University, Ricker-Gilbert oversees the athletics department of this private university located on Jacksonville's northeast side. Founded in 1934, Jacksonville University boasts a beautiful 240-acre riverfront campus with over 100 majors, minors, and student programs. The university's athletic teams, known as "the Dolphins," compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and participate in the ASUN Conference and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).
As Senior Vice President and Director of Athletics, Ricker-Gilbert provides guidance and supervision to the athletics department. His exceptional leadership skills and outstanding tenure as the Senior Associate Athletic Director at Jacksonville University led to his promotion to his current position. As the Senior Associate Athletic Director, Ricker-Gilbert oversaw several crucial aspects of the athletics department, including the Hall of Fame, the booster engagement program, and enterprise risk management. He also managed the compliance and student-athlete services units and served as acting chief athletics officer when required. Throughout his career, Ricker-Gilbert has demonstrated a deep commitment to student-athletes, helping them achieve their goals on and off the court. His unwavering dedication to excellence has earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues in college athletics. Ricker-Gilbert's contributions to the athletics department at Jacksonville University have been significant and will undoubtedly continue to benefit student-athletes for years.