UCF President John Hitt introduced Todd Stansbury as the university's new athletic director during a press conference.
Stansbury previously worked as Oregon State's executive associate athletic director.
"I am very pleased to introduce Todd Stansbury as our new vice president and director of athletics," Hitt said, shifting his focus to praising interim athletic director Al Harms for his work helping lead the program during the past two months.
Hitt introduced Stansbury, who quickly recognized his wife, Karen. Stansbury said they both were excited to be joining the UCF family.
'I want to thank Dr. Hitt for this great opportunity to represent UCF in this role," he said.
Hitt and his staff worked with Parker Executive Search to narrow a long list of candidates to replace Athletic Director Keith Tribble, who was forced to resign Nov. 8 for his ties to an ongoing NCAA investigation into UCF's football and men's basketball recruiting practices. The search firm has done extensive work within college athletics, helping high-profile schools such as Notre Dame, Tennessee, Arkansas, Georgia, Oregon, Washington, Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Texas Tech, Ohio State, Houston and others find new athletic directors.
After Tribble was accused of flagrantly violating NCAA rules to help steer recruits to UCF, Hitt told the Sentinel in November one the top qualities he would be looking for in the new athletic director would be the ability to comply with NCAA rules. Hitt said he also wanted the new athletic director to build stronger relationships with the other university departments and be a positive ambassador throughout the UCF community.
"We need someone who can really come in and establish a really outstanding compliance and assure that we don't have further embarrassment in that area," Hitt said in November. "Plus, you always need somebody who is a good sales person on and off campus."
Stansbury was named Oregon State's executive associate athletic director in December 2002. He currently supervises sports programs, represents the athletic department on university committees, serves on the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee and oversees external operations of the department.
He has helped supervise $140 million worth of construction and renovation projects, including the $115 million expansion of the Oregon State football program's Reser Stadium. He has helped generate a 50 percent increase in an overall revenue.
Stansbury said UCF's values are consistent with his beliefs.
"I believe athletics is a vehicle to push young people to be better than what they think is possible," he said.
He said he is committed to supporting coaches and enhancing infrastructure to help UCF be successful when it begins competing in the Big East in 2013.
"UCF is a university of opportunity, and the opportunities have never been greater," he said.
Stansbury pledged to run the athletic programs "the right way," alluding to his commitment to avoiding running afoul of NCAA rules.
When later asked whether UCF could win at the highest levels without cheating or cutting corners, he said he had three national championship rings -- one in football from his days at Georgia Tech and two from Oregon State's baseball program -- that were won by teams that achieved success without breaking rules.
Harms then had an opportunity to address the media, calling Stansbury a strong leader for UCF athletics.
"Four words -- Integrity, character, teammwork and compliance. Those are at the top of the list in our new athletic director ," Harms said. "... We will live by those watchwords in every action that we take today and in the future."
Harms will continue to serve as interim athletic director for a few more weeks until Stansbury and his wife can move to Orlando.
Stansbury has a diverse background that has weaved between high level university athletics and private business interests. The Oakville, Ontario, native played linebacker at Georgia Tech and earned a bachelor's degree in industrial management in 1984. He later earned a master's degree in sports administration from Georgia State in 1993.
After graduating from Georgia Tech, he worked as a banker at Citizens and Southern National Bank before returning to Georgia Tech to become an academic counselor in 1988. He worked his way up at Georgia Tech, becoming the school's assistant athletic director for academics. His tenure Georgia Tech coincided with current UCF head football coach George O'Leary's time on the Yellow Jackets coaching staff. Stansbury was helping oversee football academic support while O'Leary was the football team's defensive coordinator from 1987-91. O'Leary briefly left for a job in the NFL before returning to take over as Georgia Tech's head coach from 1994-2001.
"It'll be a fun reunion, I think," Stansbury said of working with O'Leary again at UCF. "Coach O'Leary and I spent some time together at Georgia Tech and we were extremely successful."
Stansbury left Georgia Tech in 1995 to become the international coordinator for the Institute for International Sport. Stansbury and his wife, Karen, spent more than 16 months traveling to foreign countries to promote sports and education. In 1996, Stansbury worked at Southern Network Services, helping the Birmingham, Ala., based company develop a business plan for a new Internet services division.
In 1997, Stansbury was named Houston's associate athletic director, overseeing NCAA compliance and student support services. In July 2000, Stansbury was hired as East Tennessee State's athletic director. He helped raise money needed to upgrade the school's facilities and increase athlete graduation rates.
email@example.com or 407-650-6353. Read more of Iliana Limón's UCF coverage at OrlandoSentinel.com/knightsnotepad.
UCF introduces Todd Stansbury as school's new athletic director
Stansbury, executive associate athletic director at Oregon State, replaces Keith Tribble
We've upgraded our reader commenting system. Learn more about the new features.
The Baltimore Sun encourages civil dialogue related to our stories; you must register and log-in to our site in order to participate. We reserve the right to remove any user and to delete comments that violate our Terms of Service. By commenting, you agree to these terms. Please flag inappropriate comments.