Tuesday, August 16, 2016

ASU president names athletic director for Albany State University

ALBANY, Georgia -- Albany State University President Art Dunning announced today the appointment of a new athletic director for the university.

Sherie Cornish Gordon, who has more than 12 years of leadership and supervisory experience in athletic administration, will serve as the athletic director for the new Albany State University. She begins Sept. 1.

"We have conducted a national search for the brightest talent to join our team as athletic director," Dunning said. "I am grateful to Parker Executive Search and our search committee members who did an extraordinary job of identifying the best candidate for this role."

Gordon currently serves as the senior associate commissioner for external business administration for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). Her responsibilities include oversight of the CIAA's budgeting and contracts, risk management, information technology, marketing, media relations, merchandising, sponsorship and media rights for the conference's 16 championship sports.

"I am delighted to join the Albany State University athletics program and senior leadership team at this point in my career and at a time of transformational change in Albany with the consolidation of Albany State University and Darton State College," Gordon said. "I look forward to working with my new colleagues to build a program that continues to promote student-athlete success and engages the entire Albany community, our employees and our students."

Prior to her tenure with the CIAA, Gordon spent more than nine years at Norfolk State University, where she served as senior associate director of administration/senior woman administrator; associate athletics director of internal operations/senior woman administrator; assistant athletics director for business operations; and assistant for athletic business operations. She provided leadership for 15 sports with approximately 300 student-athletes. She had oversight of a $12.2-million budget and managed more than $5 million in renovations and facility upgrades. Gordon was also a part of 22 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championships and eight MEAC all sports awards while at Norfolk State.

The former collegiate basketball player and native of Severna Park, Md., earned her bachelor's degree in sports administration from Morgan State University in Baltimore and her master's degree in sports management from Temple University in Philadelphia. A member of several professional associations, she currently lives in Charlotte, N.C., with her son, Ethan.

Gordon was selected from a pool of 94 applicants for the athletic director position. The applications were vetted by a search committee that represented faculty and staff from Albany State and Darton State College and was chaired by Thomas Thompson, dean of the ASU College of Education.


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