Stansbury Named New ETSU Athletic Director

Monday, July 10, 2000

Johnson City, Tenn. -- In a news conference this afternoon, Dr. Paul E. Stanton, Jr., President of East Tennessee State University, announced the hiring of M.Todd Stansbury as the school's new Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Stansbury, 39, comes to Johnson City after spending three years as an Associate Athletics Director at the University of Houston. While at Houston, Stansbury also taught senior-level courses in leadership and management in the College of Education.

The Oakville, Ontario, Canada native was directly responsible for all NCAA compliance activities at Houston in addition to student-athlete support services, and he was the primary liaison to all University administrative units.

"Todd has built a consistent record of emphasizing academic success and scholarship" ETSU President Dr. Paul Stanton said. "He is a bright, articulate, enthusiastic person who comes highly recommended by some of the most respected people in college athletics today."

During 1996-97 Stansbury worked in the private sector as the Manager of Internet Business Services at Southern Network Services in Birmingham, Alabama, where he developed Internet, Web and electronic commerce strategies for business clients.

Stansbury was International Coordinator for the Institute for International Sport, headquartered in Kingston, Rhode Island from 1995-96. He promoted the 1997 World Scholar Athlete Games in over 30 countries and cultivated corporate and community partnerships in support of the games.

From 1988-95, Stansbury was Assistant Athletic Director for Academics at Georgia Tech, his alma mater, where he was responsible for the overall development, direction and management of the academic support program for student-athletes. This program became a major component of the Homer Rice Total Person Program adopted nationally by the NCAA Foundation and the Division 1A Athletic Directors as the NCAA Champs/Life Skills Program. Rice retired in 1997 after 17 years as Athletic Director at Georgia Tech.

While serving as the Assistant Athletic Director for Academics at Georgia Tech, Stansbury saw through the graduation of 100 percent of the 1987 entering football class, while they were on the way to winning the 1990 national championship.

Stansbury has two years of banking experience as Credit Manager for Asset Based Lending at Citizens and Southern National Bank in Atlanta.

He completed a bachelor of science in industrial management at Georgia Tech in 1984 and a master of science in sports administration at Georgia State University, also in Atlanta, in 1993.

Stansbury lettered at linebacker for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets while making hte Dean's List four years and the College Football Association Honor Roll three times. He was a third-round draft choice of the Saskatchewan Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League in 1984.

An avid outdoorsman, Stansbury has embarked on many challenging adventures. He has trekked the Himalayas in Nepal, tracked the Mountain Gorilla in the Congo (Zaire) and tracked the Weldebeest Migration in the Serengetti (Tanzania).

Stansbury's wife, Karen, is a native of Easley, South Carolina.

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