OSU President Ed Ray names search committee for new athletics director


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University President Ed Ray Tuesday named a committee to assist him in a national search to select a new intercollegiate athletics director, as Todd Stansbury moves on to serve as Georgia Tech’s athletics director.

The committee includes noted OSU alumni, an NFL free agent, national leaders in college sports, two head coaches, faculty, students and university leaders. The search committee will be led by Joey Spatafora, OSU Alumni Association distinguished professor and the university’s faculty athletic representative to the PAC-12 conference.

The committee includes Oregon State alumni Marty Reser, vice president of sales for Reser’s Fine Foods; Steven Jackson, National Football League all-pro running back and former OSU player; John Stirek, president, Western Operations, Trammell Crow Company; Kim Casale, retired area director of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.; Pat Casey, head OSU baseball coach; Tanya Chaplin, head OSU women’s gymnastics coach; and Kate Halischak, OSU Faculty Senate president and director of student-athlete academic services.

Other members of the search committee are Stephen Thompson Jr., an OSU student-athlete competing in basketball; Colleen Bee, associate professor in OSU’s College of Business, who serves as co-chair of OSU’s athletics advisory committee; Michael Green, OSU interim vice president of finance and administration; Jim Patterson, OSU senior associate athletics director for development; student Darren Nguyen, executive director of community programs for the Associated Students of Oregon State University; and Marianne Vydra, interim OSU athletics director. Tricia Gerding, OSU human resources consultant, will serve as the committee’s search advocate.

Jeff Schemmel, president of College Sports Solutions, a strategic consulting company for collegiate athletics, and Kevin Weiberg, former commissioner of the Big 12 Conference, will serve as the search firm.

The search for a new athletics director began last week after Stansbury announced on Sept. 22 that he would leave Oregon State to return to his alma mater after serving as director of OSU intercollegiate athletics since August 2015. Stansbury played football at Georgia Tech and later worked in the school’s athletics department.

“The strong interest in this position demonstrates national awareness that Oregon State University is a place of excellence and leadership both on and off the field,” Ray said. “Our next athletics director will contribute to the university’s overall momentum and build upon the success of Oregon State’s men’s and women’s athletics. He or she will be committed to our student-athletes and to the success of all OSU students.”

Ray said he is committed to athletics success at the highest level. “I guarantee that Oregon State will continue to compete on the conference and national level and will win championships. We will win the right way – the Oregon State way,” Ray said. “Count on it.”

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