“We have student-athletes that embrace this culture and love it and I just know, as an alum, I had a pretty good time here,” he said. “And so moving away from how hard it is to what you can actually accomplish here and, while it is rigorous, the payoff is huge.”
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He noted the 90 athletes participating in internships this summer – 34 on the football team. Other athletes have participated in cutting-edge research and become involved in leadership roles in campus organizations.
As he took note of such success stories, “I just really started to think that the traditional Georgia Tech mantra of, this ‘get out’ thing, it’s a little overplayed,” Stansbury told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I like to tell people the greatest thing about having a Georgia Tech degree is people think you’re a heck of a lot smarter than you really are. And we kind of overplay that a little bit.”
Since his arrival in November 2016, Stansbury has made the athletic department’s branding and messaging a priority. This would be another example of his desire for Tech to differentiate itself in an appealing way. He calls it a change of mindset and culture, of being, in his words “gung ho” rather than “Oh, this is so hard.”
“We can do things here other people can’t, and we might as well celebrate it,” he said.