Compher gets a five year contract worth $415,000 annually plus bonus opportunities according to the East Carolina University website. East Carolina competes in Conference USA.
Compher and his family are no strangers to the state of North Carolina. He has worked in that state before at both North Carolina State and at West Carolina University.
"I believe ECU is poised for greatness and I am thrilled to be a part of the Pirate Nation," says Compher. "North Carolina has always been home for our family and the city of Greenville holds a special place in our hearts. We look forward to getting to know the student-athletes, coaches and staff as well as the many fans and supporters of ECU athletics."
"Jeff Compher brings to East Carolina a record of outstanding success at NIU, specifically winning championships," said Robert Lucas the chairman of the ECU Board of Trutees. "That's evidenced, among other things, by the football program's appearance in the Orange Bowl in 2012. He also is a leader who brings very strong communication skills and, because he has spent so much time in North Carolina, has great contacts and knowledge of the state and the people."
Compher spent five years as the Director of Athletics at NIU and as an Associate Vice President.
NIU President Dr. John Peters released the following statement Wednesday. "I want to personally thank Jeff, Cathy [and sons] C.J. and David Compher for their commitment, support and contributions to our community during their time here at NIU." "I am personally gratified by the strong leadership and guidance Jeff provided while helping heighten the profile of the Huskie athletics program."
NIU football coach Rod Carey made the following statement, "I am really happy for Jeff and his family, but sad to see him go. He's been a great leader for NIU and has taken us to places we haaven't been before as a football program and as an athletic department. I have the upmost respect for Jeff and his wife Cathy."
Peters, who is retiring this summer, says the selection of a new director of athletics at NIU will be handled by NIU's next president. In the meantime Peters will work with Compher and his staff on a transition plan 'that ensures continuity within the athletic department in the interim."
Compher's first day at East Carolina will be May 1st.