COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University announced today it has hired Todd Reeser as its new athletics director.
Reeser is currently executive senior associate athletics director for development and sports services at Georgia State. He replaces Jay Sparks, who left in April after 25 years at CSU — the past six as athletic director — to become the head women's basketball coach at Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C.
"Over the course of the selection process, Todd Reeser emerged as the perfect candidate to take Columbus State athletics to the next level," said Tim Mescon, CSU president. "His 25 years of extensive leadership and management experience will greatly benefit Cougar intercollegiate athletics."
Reeser joined Georgia State's staff as senior associate director of athletics for development in 2009. Before GSU, Reeser spent four years at the University of Central Florida as its associate athletic director for development.
Reeser has also been as assistant athletics director and director of major gifts at his alma mater, Illinois State (1997-2005); and director of athletics development and assistant athletics director at Drake (1988-97), Reeser began his athletics administration career as an intern at Southern Illinois (1986-87), and one year as assistant director of promotions and development at Illinois State (1987-88) before going to Drake in November 1988.
A Chenoa, Ill., native, Reeser captained the baseball team at Illinois State, where he earned his bachelor's degree in general finance in 1985. He received his master's in sports administration from St. Thomas in 1986.
He and his wife, Janet, have three children: Tanner, Thad and Cassidy.
Johnny Williams, former athletics director at Troy University and former University of Alabama senior associate athletic director for external operations, served as CSU's interim athletic director since Sparks' departure.
Reeser is slated to start at CSU Aug. 1.
A faculty-led committee conducted a nationwide search to find the right person to lead Cougar Athletics. Member of the committee are Jan Burcham, chairman of teacher education department; Aaron Sanders, professor of English; Michael Johnson, CSU internal auditor; Laurence Marsh, professor of business; Russ Carreker, CSU Foundation trustee; Chip Reese, dean of students; Glenn Stokes, professor of biology and faculty athletic representative; and Tom Helton, vice president of business and finance. More than 80 people applied, and three finalists visited campus this week.
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