CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State athletic director Todd Stansbury is leaving Corvallis to become athletic director at his alma mater Georgia Tech, OSU announced Thursday.
Stansbury replaced Bob De Carolis as OSU’s athletic director in August of 2015. He was previously at OSU from 2003-12 as executive associate athletic director.
OSU president Edward J. Ray said he plans to name an interim athletic director as soon as possible, and will engage an advisory group of university, alumni and leaders in intercollegiate sports to begin an immediate national search to replace Stansbury. The search committee will be led by OSU professor Joey Spatafora, who is the university’s faculty athletic representative to the Pac-12 Conference.
Stansbury was a linebacker on the Georgia Tech football team in the early 1980s, and was an assistant athletic director at the school from 1988 to 1995.
“My wife Karen and I chose to return to Oregon State because we loved this university and Corvallis so much,” Stansbury said in a statement. “Oregon State is an excellent university, and it’s men’s and women’s programs are among the best in the Pac-12 Conference and successfully compete against top programs nationally.
“But Georgia Tech is my alma mater. Anyone who has heard me speak knows of the passion I have for the opportunities that I was granted there as a student, as an athlete, and as a past member of the Georgia Tech athletics department.”
Before returning to OSU, Stansbury was athletic director at the University of Central Florida for 3 1/2 years.
Ray said he was disappointed by the news of Stansbury’s departure, “but I do understand the pull of his alma mater.”
“I guarantee that our new athletic director will add significantly to the success of Oregon State men’s and women’s athletics,” Ray said in a statement. “Fan excitement and engagement will grow, and he or she will be committed to all student-athletes and to all OSU students. I expect that we will attract well-experienced candidates and strongly qualified candidates of diversity.”
Stansbury expanded OSU’s “Everyday Champions” program that emphasizes student-athlete success in the classroom and in the community. He led a resurgent OSU presence in the Portland area by re-starting the Far West Basketball Classic and launching the Dam City Showcase, a series of baseball games against national competition hosted by the Beaver baseball team, which included a spring football scrimmage.
Also under Standsbury’s 13 months as athletic director, the OSU women’s basketball team reached the 2016 Final Four, and the men’s basketball team played in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1990.
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