Ranked as the 15th best Athletic Director in the country including the second-best non-Power Five AD by the national media outlet Stadium in June of 2020. A member of WKU’s senior athletic staff since 2008 and 33-year veteran of collegiate and professional sports, Stewart was named WKU’s Director of Athletics on May 9, 2012, after serving in the role on an interim basis since March 22.
Stewart has a wide range of experience on many different levels, including nearly two years as WKU’s Senior Associate Athletic Director, over two years as WKU’s Associate Athletic Director for Communications and Media Relations, more than three years as Associate Commissioner for Communications at the Sun Belt Conference and 15 years of communications and media relations experience with two different franchises in the National Football League.
After nearly two years as WKU’s Senior Associate Athletic Director, Stewart was named Interim Director of Athletics on March 22 after the departure of Ross Bjork to Ole Miss.
Stewart was elevated to Senior Associate Athletic Director in August of 2010 after serving as WKU’s Associate Athletic Director for Communications and Media Relations since June of 2008.
Stewart joined WKU in June of 2008 after a 40-month stint as Associate Commissioner for Communications for the Sun Belt Conference, where he and his staff were responsible for internal and external communications for all Sun Belt Conference publicity.
Prior to joining the SBC, Stewart worked in the National Football League for 15 years. He was hired by the Cleveland Browns as Executive Director of Communications and Media Relations in 1999, helping to create the franchise’s communications/media relations department as it reentered the league as an expansion team.
Prior to joining the Browns, Stewart was the Assistant Director of Public Relations for the Indianapolis Colts from 1991-99, where he helped direct activities between the organization, community and media with major responsibilities focused on writing press releases and producing team publications as well as arranging and coordinating interviews and press conferences.
Stewart, 54, received his bachelor’s degree in communications from Miami (Ohio) in 1988, where he twice received the Miami University Parents’ Council Student Achievement Award for outstanding service to the university. He worked as a graduate assistant in the sports information department at the University of Tennessee from 1988-90 while also pursuing a master’s degree in communications. Stewart currently serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Southern Kentucky and is also a member of the Bowling Green Rotary. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Stewart and his wife, Rebecca, have one son, Blake (20).