Todd Stansbury is the Athletic Director at Georgia Tech University. Before that, he was Vice President and Director of Athletics at Oregon State University.
During his previous tenure at Oregon State, Stansbury was part of the senior leadership team that led a renaissance of Oregon State athletics. The Beavers played in eight bowl games; the baseball team won two College World Series titles; and nearly every program advanced to postseason play while Stansbury was in Corvallis during his first stint. He was also instrumental in fundraising for the $150 million Reser Stadium expansion, the reintroduction of the women’s track and field program, the renovation of Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, and the construction of the Sports Performance Center, the Beth Ray Student Success Center, the OSU Boathouse and the Whyte Track and Field Center.
While the 54-year-old Stansbury has led high-profile coaching searches, facility expansion and construction projects during his athletics career, he also has been instrumental as a leader of student-athlete growth on and off the field. He is part of a team that developed several key life-skills career development initiatives at OSU. These include the Everyday Champions program which encompasses the Leadership Institute, Varsity OSU and the international service program Beavers Without Borders, among others.
Between his tenures at Oregon State, Stansbury served as the vice president and director of athletics at the University of Central Florida in Orlando from March 1, 2012 through June 18, 2015. He led the Knights to a successful transition from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference where UCF won three titles in its initial year in the new league. Among those three championships was the football team’s historic 12-1 season in 2013 that culminated in a No. 10 Associated Press final national ranking after defeating Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl. UCF also was the only Division I program in 2014-15 to win conference titles in football, volleyball, women’s soccer and softball.
Academically, UCF teams combined for 15 consecutive terms with a department 3.00 GPA or higher with Stansbury at the helm. Under his leadership, the Knights boasted a 95 percent graduation rate, the top score among public institutions at the Division I level. In addition, he developed the Institute for Student-Athlete Leadership that included Knights Without Borders; resurrected the Varsity Knights program; and partnered with several local and national student-athlete leadership and achievement programs.
Stansbury began his professional career as a banker in the asset-based lending division of Citizens and Southern National Bank in Atlanta before returning to the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), his alma mater, as an academic counselor for football in 1988.
As the assistant athletic director for academics at Georgia Tech, he was responsible for the overall development and management of the educational support program for student-athletes. This platform was a major component of the Homer Rice Total Person Program, which was adopted nationally by the NCAA Foundation and Division I-A athletic directors as the NCAA Champs/Life Skills Program. Georgia Tech was consistently recognized nationally for its graduation rates while Stansbury served in this capacity.
In 1995 Stansbury left Georgia Tech to become the global coordinator for the Institute for International Sport. In this capacity he and his wife, Karen, spent 16 months traveling around the world promoting the 1997 World Scholar-Athlete Games and developing a global network of educators, sport organizations and government leaders. Upon his return to the U.S. in 1996, Stansbury worked for Southern Network Services in Birmingham, Ala., as the manager of internet business services where he developed the business plan for the new internet services division. He returned to intercollegiate athletics in 1997 at the University of Houston, serving as associate athletic director. His responsibilities included NCAA compliance and student-athlete support services. He also served as the primary liaison to the university’s administrative units. Under his direction the student-athlete support program was transformed and recognized by USA Today for increasing graduation rates.
The Oakville, Ontario, native attended Georgia Tech on a football scholarship where he lettered as a linebacker and graduated with a B.S. in industrial management in 1984. He was a third round draft choice of the Saskatchewan Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League. He later completed a M.S. in sports administration at Georgia State University in 1993.
Married to the former Karen Hammond of Easley, S.C., the Stansburys’ interest in the outdoors and travel has led to a number of adventures including trekking the Himalayas of Nepal, tracking the mountain gorilla in the Congo (Zaire) and sailing the Whitsunday Islands of Australia.
Stansbury is among the most experienced administrators in the NCAA. His work includes serving on numerous national and conference boards, including the Football Oversight Committee, the American Athletic Conference Finance Committee and several UCF boards.
With his leadership skills, wealth of experience and integrity, Oregon State athletics will continue to be a source of pride for Beaver Nation and be a competitor for conference and national championships while maintaining a strong emphasis on academic excellence.