A Conversation With John Mack ’00, the Ford Family Director of Athletics

March 1, 2023

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Co-host Bryant Blount ’08 talks to the Ford Family Director of Athletics John Mack ’00 about his return to Princeton, how being an athlete shaped his own life as an award-winning student-athlete, and how intentional listening is foundational to shaping Princeton teams. Join the conversation to learn how Princeton is unique in offering a well-rounded student experience for its athletes.


About John Mack ’00

John Mack ’00 has been the Ford Family Director of Athletics at Princeton University since September of 2021 after previously having been an award-winning student-athlete, coach and administrator for the Tigers. 

Mack returned to Princeton as the athletic director after having worked in the athletic departments at Princeton, the Big Ten Conference and Northwestern University, and he had most recently spent the last decade in the legal field as a practicing lawyer after graduating in 2014 from Northwestern Law School with cum laude honors. Mack’s accomplishments while in law school included being Associate Editor of Northwestern’s Journal of Law and Social Policy and Education Chair of the school’s Black Law Students’ Association. His legal practice focused on complex commercial litigation and products liability cases, and he is admitted to practice in state and federal court in Michigan. 

A 2000 William Winston Roper Trophy recipient as the top male senior student-athlete at Princeton, Mack captained the men’s track and field team during his time competing for the Tigers. As one of the best sprinters in program history, Mack helped Princeton top three straight Ivy League Heptagonal “Triple Crowns,” sweeping every league track and field and cross country championship from fall 1997 through spring of 2000. 

An ordained pastor, Mack most recently served as pastor at the Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in New Haven, Mich. John and his wife Dr. Alleda Mack ’99, are the parents of Jacobi, Jabari and Anaiah.


About "Meet Princeton!" 

Co-Hosts: Vivian Slee, senior assistant dean of admission, Bryant Blount ’08, assistant dean of undergraduate students and manager of strategic communications, and Emma Parish ’19, admission officer
Producers: Vivian Slee and Mary Buckley, associate dean, strategic communications, Office of Admission
Editor/Sound Engineer: Nick Donnoli, Orangebox Productions 
Sound Engineer: Molly Trueman ’24
Logo Design: Esteban Aguas ’19, assistant director

The theme music to our podcast was created by Molly Trueman ’24