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RMU Welcomes College Athletics Leader

Monday, March 12, 2018

John Currie, an award-winning athletics director and veteran collegiate administrator, will join Robert Morris University as an Executive-in-Residence in the School of Business, March 19-23.

The RMU Executive-in-Residence Program provides an opportunity for senior business leaders to share their industry knowledge, experience, and insights with students, faculty, and staff. The weeklong residential format allows the Executive-in-Residence to meet with students in large and small groups and to learn more about RMU and its mission.

“The Executive-in-Residence Program is a prime example of what we mean when we say that Robert Morris is big enough to matter, yet small enough to care,” said RMU President Chris Howard. “I’ve known John Currie since he was the athletic director at Kansas State University. Learning from someone with his achievements and experience will be invaluable to our students.”

As the Executive-in-Residence, Currie will participate in key Sport Management courses, meet with RMU’s Sports Management Advisory Board, and interact with other university faculty and staff while on RMU’s Moon Township campus.

“We are pleased to be able to provide our Sport Management students with the opportunity to learn from someone who continues to have such an influential career in athletics administration,” said Michelle Patrick, dean of the RMU School of Business. “These are the kinds of impactful student engagement experiences that set RMU apart.”

Currie was drawn to the Executive-in-Residence Program because of his admiration of Howard and the sterling reputation of the university’s Sport Management Program, whose graduates include Pittsburgh Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert. Last week RMU Sport Management graduate Chris King won the Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year Award for his work as director of athletics at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

The RMU Sport Management Program is rare among its peers for being based in a business school, which Currie said gives its graduates a competitive advantage.

“I have extraordinary respect for Dr. Howard and I am very impressed at what RMU is achieving under his guidance. I’m looking forward to getting to know the university’s leadership and spending time in the wonderful city of Pittsburgh,” said Currie. “Most of all I’m excited to interact with RMU students.”

While on campus, Currie plans to share the experience he has gained working at three different NCAA institutions with staff in RMU’s Department of Athletics, which oversees 16 NCAA Division I sports. RMU students interested in athletics careers will also have an opportunity to consult with Currie one-on-one as he holds office hours throughout the week.

“All of us in intercollegiate athletics, regardless of our varying institutional sizes and missions, should have the student-athlete experience in the forefront of our minds each day. As an athletics director, it is a paramount responsibility to maintain the integrity of that experience in a complex and dynamic environment,” said Currie.

Currie most recently served as vice chancellor and director of athletics at the University of Tennessee. Previously he served from 2009-2017 as athletic director at Kansas State. In 2013, Currie was named the Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year and earned the Dodd Athletic Director Award. Prior to his tenure at Kansas State, Currie served in a variety of roles at the University of Tennessee, including executive associate athletics director. He began his career at his alma mater, Wake Forest, in 1993. Read his complete bio here.