Here are 10 things to know about Todd Stansbury, who will be announced as Georgia Tech’s next athletics director at 10 a.m. Thursday:
1. Stansbury is a native of Canada, born in Oakville, Ontario
2. Stansbury played football at Georgia Tech for coach Bill Curry. Stansbury was a linebacker. He graduated with a degree in industrial management in 1984. He later earned masters in sports administration from Georgia State.
3. He was an academic counselor at Tech in 1988, and eventually was named director of academics. He resigned in 1995 to work for the Institute of International Sport.
4. He moved back into college athletics in 1997, accepting a job as associate A.D. at Houston, where he worked until accepting a job as A.D. at East Tennessee State in 2000.
5. He moved from ETSU to Oregon State, where he worked from 2003-12 as the executive associate athletic director.
6. He left Oregon State in 2012 to accept the A.D. position at Central Florida, where the department increased its donor base by 47 percent and won 12 Conference USA and American Athletic Conference championships. According to a story in the Orlando Sentinel, Stansbury “pushed for a new academic student support center now under construction and launched the Knights Without Borders program that allows athletes to do charitable work overseas. He often referred to his own experience as a football player at Georgia Tech and those at the school who helped him learn to be a community leader.”
7. He left UCF in a much better place than when he arrived. The school was dealing with NCAA sanctions handed down in 2012 after college sports’ governing body found a lack of insituttional control with its football and men’s basketball programs.
8. He left UCF last year to accept the A.D. position at Oregon State, where he signed a five-year contract. The PAC-12 school has a budget of more than $70 million. Stansbury accepted the job with the school devoting hundreds of millions of dollars to improving its athletic facilites.
9. He has served as an adjunct professor in his first stop at Oregon State and at Houston.
10. According to oregonlive.com, “Stansbury and his wife, Karen, circumnavigated the globe for 18 months from 1995 through 1996. On that trip, they hiked the Himalaya of Nepal, tracked the Mountain Gorilla in the Congo and sailed the Whitsunday Islands of Australia.”