Joseph "Chip" Polak is in his 37th year at Southern New Hampshire University and his 28th as the university's Athletic Director. Polak originally served as Assistant Athletic Director/Assistant Men's Basketball coach from 1976-85 and helped guide the Penmen to their first two NCAA New England Regional titles in 1980 and 1981.
He was named Athletic Director in 1985 and over the past 26 years has led SNHU to both regional and national prominence among the Division II ranks. SNHU has participated in and hosted numerous ECAC and NCAA Championship events during Polak's time as Athletic Director.
In 2011 Polak was named to the NCAA Division II Management Council, which is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Division II. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Division II Athletic Directors Association and the USILA National Board of Directors. Polak is also on the Administrative Committee for the Northeast-10 Conference.
Polak was named to the prestigious NCAA Division II Championships Committee in August of 2004. He has also served on both the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Committee and the NCAA Division II Men's Lacrosse Committee, and served as national chairman of both committees. As national chairman he oversaw the selection of teams, and was responsible for the direction, supervision and administration of the 1998-99 Division II Men's Basketball Tournament and the 2001 lacrosse championship.
A 1972 graduate of Fordham University, Polak resides in Manchester with his wife Margie and their daughter Paige.