THE FLATS – Georgia Tech director of athletics Todd Stansbury has been named one of many Atlanta Enterprise Chronicle’s 2021 Most Admired CEOs, the publication introduced on Thursday.
Stansbury is one in every of 39 Atlanta-area CEOs to obtain the celebrated award, and one in every of solely two executives acknowledged within the sports activities and leisure class.
In his fifth yr because the director of athletics at his alma mater, Stansbury has overseen one of the profitable years in Georgia Tech historical past in 2020-21. Regardless of the challenges offered by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Yellow Jackets had 11 of 17 groups take part in NCAA postseason play this yr (up from three in 2017-18) and have seen 19 student-athletes earn a complete of 26 all-America honors (up from a complete of 9 all-America honors in 2017-18).
Tech’s student-athletes have additionally excelled academically beneath Stansbury’s watch, with six-straight semesters of a 3.0 imply grade level common or larger, together with a department-record 3.23 imply GPA in the course of the 2020 spring semester. Final fall, Georgia Tech matched an all-time excessive with an 89% NCAA Graduation Success Rate and, in 2019, Tech was the one establishment from a Energy 5 convention (Atlantic Coast Convention, Massive Ten, Massive 12, Pac-12, Southeastern Convention) with a multiyear NCAA Academic Progress Rate higher than the national average in each of its sports.
Georgia Tech has obtained a slew of department-wide awards since Stansbury’s arrival in 2016. Probably the most prestigious recognitions embody the ACC Game Changers Award in 2018-19, which honored the Jackets With out Borders worldwide service program that Stansbury launched at Tech in 2017, and the 2021 N4A Model Practices for Academics Award, which lauded GT’s JumpStart Jackets “Digital Edge” program for first-year student-athletes.
With Stansbury on the helm, Tech athletics has additionally loved nice fundraising success. The Alexander-Tharpe Fund, Georgia Tech athletics’ fundraising arm, has set data in consecutive years with $58.3 million in presents and commitments within the 2020 fiscal yr and $53.3 million in FY 2019. Most notably, Athletics Initiative 2020, Tech athletics’ three-year initiative to boost $125 million from 2018-20, far surpassed its purpose by elevating a complete of $175.39 million. State-of-the-art amenities initiatives which have already been accomplished throughout Stansbury’s tenure embody new locker rooms for Tech football and women’s basketball, Section II of renovations at Mac Nease Baseball Park, which included the development of Champions Corridor on the ability’s third-base facet, and the set up of latest videoboards at Bobby Dodd Stadium’s Callaway Plaza, Mac Nease Park, softball’s Mewborn Discipline, the Byers Tennis Advanced and volleyball’s O’Keefe Gymnasium.
Stansbury formally started his tenure as Georgia Tech’s director of athletics on Nov. 28, 2016. The Oakville, Ontario native initially got here to Tech as soccer student-athlete in 1980 and graduated with a bachelor’s diploma in industrial engineering in 1984. After a stint within the Canadian Soccer League, he returned to Atlanta and labored within the banking business earlier than returning to GT as an instructional advisor for the Yellow Jackets’ soccer program in 1988. He was promoted to assistant athletics director for lecturers in 1991, a task that he held till 1995.
After leaving Georgia Tech in ’95, Stansbury’s profession included stops at Houston (affiliate A.D. – 1997-2000) and Oregon State (government affiliate A.D. – 2003-12), in addition to three stints as an athletics director at East Tennessee State (2000-03), UCF (2012-15) and Oregon State (2015-16), earlier than he turned A.D. at Tech in 2016.
To be thought of for the Atlanta Enterprise Chronicle’s Most Admired CEOs Awards, a person have to be a longtime chief with a robust document of innovation of their area, excellent monetary efficiency, a dedication to high quality, a robust imaginative and prescient, a dedication to variety within the office and important contributions to the metro neighborhood. Stansbury and the opposite recipients can be acknowledged in the course of the 2021 Atlanta Business Chronicle Most Admired CEOs Awards dinner on Aug. 19 on the Coca-Cola Roxy Theater within the Battery.
The Alexander-Tharpe Fund is the fundraising arm of Georgia Tech athletics, offering scholarship, operations and amenities assist for Georgia Tech’s 400-plus student-athletes. Be part of creating Georgia Tech’s On a regular basis Champions and serving to the Yellow Jackets compete for championships on the highest ranges of school athletics by supporting the Support The Swarm Fund, which helps Georgia Tech athletics offset the numerous monetary challenges related to Covid-19, and the Annual Athletic Scholarship Fund, which immediately offers scholarships for Georgia Tech student-athletes. To study extra about supporting the Yellow Jackets, go to atfund.org.