Todd Stansbury Named Georgia Tech Athletics Director

ATLANTA (RamblinWreck.com) - Georgia Institute of Technology has named former Tech football player and Oregon State University Athletic Director Todd Stansbury as its new director of athletics. The 1984 alumnus (B.S. Industrial Management) was introduced at a Thursday morning press conference by Georgia Tech President G.P. "Bud" Peterson.

Stansbury has served as Oregon State's athletic director since June 2015 following a nine-year stint as the university's executive associate athletic director from 2003-2012. During his time at Oregon State, Stansbury was part of a senior management team that raised $150 million for a football stadium expansion, in addition to fundraising for the construction of a sports performing center. He also was part of a team that established several career development initiatives for student-athletes.

"Todd Stansbury is committed to athletes' success both on and off the field," Peterson said. "His global perspective and leadership experience in athletics and development, combined with a lifelong passion for Georgia Tech, make him the ideal candidate. I believe this is one of those rare golden moments in life where opportunity meets ambition. We welcome him home." 

Stansbury's resume also includes roles as athletic director at the University of Central Florida (2012-2015) and East Tennessee State University (2000-2003). He was Georgia Tech's assistant athletic director for academics from 1988-1995 under Homer Rice. Now he returns to campus to guide a department that features 15 teams in 17 NCAA Division I varsity sports. He will be introduced during tonight's home football game against Clemson.

"I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to return to Georgia Tech, a place that has played such a large role in my life and the place responsible for opening up a world to me that I didn't even know existed," Stansbury said. "I am thankful to President Peterson and the selection committee for providing me this opportunity."

Stansbury grew up in Canada. When he was 10 years old and on vacation with his family in Florida, he befriended several Georgia Tech football players staying at the same hotel. During the drive back home to Ontario, his family stopped on campus to see a practice. That's when Stansbury knew he wanted to play football on The Flats. He earned varsity letters while at Georgia Tech from 1980-1984 as a middle linebacker and on special teams for head coach Bill Curry. He was a third-round draft pick of the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1984.

Stansbury is only the ninth director of athletics in Georgia Tech history. He will follow in the footsteps of storied names such as Rice, John Heisman, and Bobby Dodd. He was hired following a national search that began in August when Mike Bobinski accepted the athletics director position at Purdue University. A nine-member search committee led by Georgia Tech Foundation President Al Trujillo identified candidates. The search process was assisted by Turnkey Search.

Paul Griffin, who is serving as interim director of athletics, will assist with the transition through the end of the year.

"I want to thank Al and the search committee for their outstanding guidance in evaluating candidates," Peterson said. "I'm also personally grateful for the leadership and Paul, who interrupted his retirement to return to campus to lead our Athletics Association. He will continue to be a great asset during the transition period for the remainder of 2016."

Georgia Tech has achieved a school-record Graduation Success Rate (84 percent according to the most recent NCAA figures from November 2015) in each of the past three years. The Institute also recorded outstanding scores in the Academic Progress Rate (APR), which provides a real-time NCAA metric to measure the success of institutions in moving student-athletes toward graduation. The latest APR statistics, released in April, reported that 13 of Georgia Tech's 15 teams scored 980 or better out of a possible 1,000 points.