Management Moves: Princeton Names New AD As Sports Resume

John Mack, a 2000 alumnus of Princeton University and former star track athlete, has been named the university’s new director of athletics.

He takes over for Mollie Marcoux Samaan, who announced her departure earlier this year to become commissioner of the Ladies Professional Golf Association.

Mack, who captained the track & field team during his time at Princeton, was most recently a practicing attorney. He had previously worked in athletic administration at Princeton, Northwestern University, and the Big Ten Conference.

“I am delighted that John Mack is returning to Princeton to become the next Ford Family Director of Athletics,” Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber said in statement. “He is deeply committed to the educational value of Ivy League athletics, and his experience as a student, coach, and administrator make him superbly qualified for his new role. I am confident that with John Mack’s leadership, Princeton will continue its long-standing tradition of excellence in ‘Education Through Athletics.’”

Mack started in his new role on September 1, just ahead of the return of intercollegiate competition in the Ivy League. Due to the coronavirus pandemic none of the university’s teams competed in spring, 2020, or during the 2020-’21 school year.

Fans will be welcome at home football games this year, with social distancing and masking strongly recommended. The football team’s first home game takes place Saturday, September 18, versus Stetson University. League play starts on Saturday, September 25, against Columbia University. For more information and tickets visit


James G. Canterbury, 75, on August 14. He had worked as director of Transportation Resources to Aid the Disadvantaged and Elderly (T.R.A.D.E) for Mercer County.

F. Lee Forrester, Jr., 70, on August 30. He was an attorney with Office of the Public Defender and Public Advocate, where he fought for Mercer County’s youth, and later founded the Harmony Schools with his wife.

Geraldine B. Samour on August 29. She was executive secretary for Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick and later retired from the Peddie School, where she worked in the admissions office for nearly 20 years

Phyllis B. Sabol, 88, on September 2. She worked for many years for the state Department of Law and Public Safety as a principal auditor.

Judith M. Paulsen, 84, on August 23. She worked for 20 years at Management Planning Inc. in Princeton.

Antonio Tamasi, 94, on August 23. He worked for Princeton University in the grounds maintenance department and later spent 35 years with RCA.

Minnie Craig, 83, on September 3. She worked for Gallup and Robinson Research Company. In retirement she was active in Princeton’s Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood as well as with the Princeton Alcohol and Drug Alliance, Corner House, and Princeton Nursery School.

Eileen T. Collins, 62, on August 30. She worked for Trane in Hamilton for nearly 40 years.

John Willis Brooks, 59, on August 25. He operated John Brooks Builders throughout Mercer County and was a volunteer firefighter in East Windsor for 40 years, including stints as assistant chief, deputy chief, and chief.

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