Jamie Pollard is in his second decade as the Director of Athletics at Iowa State University and his vision for success and energy to execute that plan continue to have major impacts on campus, in the Big 12 and nationally.
Under Pollard’s leadership, the department has significantly invested in facilities, engaged its fan base, tripled its revenues, recorded all-time program bests on the field and in the classroom and bettered attendance marks in its five major sports.
The Iowa State athletics brand is stronger than it has ever been.
During Pollard’s administration, ISU has registered its all-time best athletics’ graduation rate (78% in 2009) and Directors’ Cup ranking (34th in 2010). Iowa State also added to its conference-leading total of Big 12 Scholar-Athletes, a program that recognizes the best students in each conference sport. The Cyclones are also riding an unprecedented three-year winning streak in the Cy-Hawk Series.
A former national champion long-distance runner at UW-Oshkosh (where he is in the school’s Hall of Fame), Pollard channeled his competitive drive into an athletics administration career. Prior to arrival at ISU he served in various athletic administrative capacities at Wisconsin, Maryland and Saint Louis.
He received a 2003 Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal “Top Forty Under 40” award, the first college administrator honored. Pollard has served as chair of the Big 12 Athletics Directors Committee and as President of the Division 1A Athletics Directors Association.
Jamie and his wife, Ellen, have four children: Thomas, Annie, Maggie and James. Their eldest son, Thomas, is a long distance runner on the Cyclone track & field team, and their daughter Annie will compete in track for Edgewood College in Madison beginning this year.
The family’s local philanthropic efforts have benefitted Blank Children’s Hospital, Variety Children’s Charity and United Way of Story County.