Veteran Athletics Leader John Currie Returns To Columbia Sports Management Graduate Program

New Wake Forest Director of Athletics to Teach Intensive Block Class May 28 to June 1, 2019
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NEW YORK - May 23, 2019 - PRLog -- Columbia University's Sports Management graduate program announced today that John Currie, a respected intercollegiate leader and recently appointed Athletics Director at Wake Forest University, will return to campus for a special one-week intensive class. The announcement was made by Professor of Professional Practice and Academic Director, Columbia Sports Management program, Scott Rosner.

Currie's course, focusing on fundamentals and contemporaneous issues of Intercollegiate Athletics will again be offered in an intensive format as students meet from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. each day with prep work and assignments due before and after the block week.  Strong reviews of the 2018 debut led to a fully subscribed class for 2019's version.

"We welcome John Currie back to the Columbia campus to teach what was one of the most dynamic and intensive one week programs in the industry," said Professor Rosner. "His track record for innovation and success is really remarkable, and we are very pleased he has prioritized time in his busy schedule to share his insight and experiences with our students this spring."

"I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Columbia SPS team and lead this block class again this year.  Our students brought great curiosity and desire to learn to the sessions last year and we had tremendous discussion thanks to their preparation and the experience shared by our guest speakers," Currie said. "The American college athletics enterprise is unique and special, but sometimes perplexing, and continues to face evolving challenges, just as higher education as a whole.  Our class is designed to cover a wide range of topics but dive deep into both headline and background issues. It is a pleasure to see these elite students learn about and grapple with solutions to today's challenges."

Guest speakers for the week are scheduled to include:  The Honorable Tom McMillen, President and Chief Executive Officer of the LEAD1 Association, Virginia Tech Athletic Director Whit Babcock, Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Keith Gill, Ivy league Executive Director Robin Harris, Consultant and Former UConn and Hofstra AD Jeff Hathaway, Associated Press College Football Writer Ralph Russo, CAA Coaches Division Executive Clint Dowdle and Kansas State University Associate General Counsel Pete Paukstelis.

A respected leader with 26 years of experience in the ACC, Big 12 and SEC, John Currie began his duties as the 6th athletics director in Wake Forest University history on May 1, 2019, succeeding his longtime mentor, Ron Wellman. He previously served as director of athletics at Kansas State University from 2009-2017 where he turned an inherited deficit into one of the NCAA's most solvent programs, achieving a cash surplus every year of his tenure and building $210 million of new and improved facilities.  He later served as AD at the University of Tennessee, and as a consultant at the University of Texas. Currie has led record breaking development campaigns, navigated conference realignment, hired winning coaches, and developed inclusive leadership teams. In 2013, Currie was named the Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year and earned the Dodd Athletic Director Award. He began his career at his alma mater Wake Forest, in 1993.

Recognized as one of the top global programs and the only program of its kind at an Ivy League institution, Columbia University's master's degree program in Sports Management, available part-time and full-time, trains professionals in all sectors of the sports industry by teaching specific management skills in the areas of finance, analytics, digital media, sports personnel management, law, sports marketing, and facility or event management. This combination of broad-based and specific skill training is a hallmark of the program and is evident in both the content and sequencing of courses.

Contacts: Joe Favorito, 917-566-8345, (For Columbia)

Steve Shutt, 336-970-7512, (for John Currie)

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