Since being named Vice President and Director of Athletics at Utah State on June 2, 2015, John Hartwell has cast his vision for Aggie Athletics, which embodies maximum effort academically, athletically and socially to ensure success in both the classroom and on the fields of competition.
Utah State also entered into a new partnership with the Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment Group to be its flagship radio station for Aggie Athletics, which gives USU additional advertising opportunities throughout Cache Valley and the Wasatch Front, in addition to more control over each broadcast. And, Hartwell’s strong business background has also proved to be valuable at Utah State as he negotiated a new footwear and apparel deal with Nike in 2020.
Hartwell came to Utah State after spending three years as the Athletics Director at Troy, where he laid the groundwork for the future of Trojan Athletics by spearheading several significant upgrades to its athletic facilities, including the addition of a new $2 million practice facility for the golf teams, a $3 million renovation and expansion of the softball facility and a $2.1 million improvement to Veterans Memorial Stadium, while also securing funding for lights to be installed at the soccer and track complex.
Prior to being the Director of Athletics at Troy, Hartwell spent nine-plus years at the University of Mississippi, where he was the Senior Executive Associate Athletics Director. Hartwell served as the Treasurer and Chief Operating Officer of the Mississippi Athletic Association Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organization that generated over $17 million annually for the Ole Miss Athletics Department through priority seating and major gifts.
A 1987 graduate of The Citadel, the 55-year old Hartwell spent four-plus years as a certified public accountant with Ernst & Young before returning to his alma mater to serve as the Director of Internal Audit in 1991. From 1994 to 1997, he was in private business as the Chief Financial Officer for a $36 million beverage distributor on the South Carolina coast.
Hartwell’s direct experience in athletics administration began as the Assistant Athletics Director for Business at Georgia State in 1997. He was promoted to Associate Athletics Director for Internal Affairs in 1999, and his responsibilities expanded to include sport supervision for baseball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s track & field and cross country.
Hartwell is married to Dr. Heather Seale Hartwell, and they have two daughters, Lauren (11) and Madison (8). Hartwell also has a 28-year old son, Hunter, who is working on his MBA at The Wharton School University of Pennsylvania.