Warren K. Zola
executive director - boston college chief executives club
adjunct professor - business law, operations management
M.B.A., Boston College
J.D., Tulane University
B.A., Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Warren K. Zola is the executive director of the Boston College Chief Executives Club at the Carroll School of Management.
An attorney and thought leader in the business of sports and sports law, Zola teaches graduate courses in the Carroll School, lectures around the country, and served as a guest expert on a Congressional roundtable discussion about reform in college athletics. As chair of the University’s Professional Sports Counseling Panel, Zola counsels student-athletes on the transition from college to professional sports. He is also relied upon by the national media for his insight and perspective on these topics, and is a regular guest columnist for The Huffington Post and executive editor of The Sports Law Blog.
Prior to becoming executive director of the Boston College Chief Executives Club, Zola was assistant dean for graduate programs at the Carroll School for 11 years. Previously, he was vice president and chief financial officer of Maguire Associates, where he first served as senior consultant. He also was director of sales and then vice president for marketing and sales and chief financial officer of Interactive Media Solutions. Zola began his career in Boston College’s Department of Athletics, where he worked on various legal matters, facility development, and game operations.
Zola has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1993.
- Transitioning to the NBA: Advocating on Behalf of Student-Athletes for NCAA Rule Changes, Harvard Journal of Sports & Entertainment Law, Volume 3, Number 1 (2012).
- Going Pro in Sports: Improving Guidance for Student-Athletes in a Complicated Legal and Regulatory Framework, 28 Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal 553 (2011).
- Contributed a chapter titled “Understanding the College-to-NFL Transition: The (Cautionary) Tale of Mike Williams” in Sports for Dorks: College Football (2011).