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Todd Stansbury speaks during a news conference where he was introduced as Georgia Tech's new athletic director, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Atlanta. Stansbury had served as Oregon State's athletic director since June 2015 and is a former Georgia Tech football player and 1984 alumnus. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Georgia Tech names alumnus Todd Stansbury athletic director

(AP Photo/John Amis)

Georgia Tech’s search for a new athletic director is over. Thursday, the university named former Georgia Tech football player Todd Stansbury as its new director of athletics. Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson introduced him at a press conference Thursday morning.

“Todd Stansbury is committed to athletes’ success both on and off the field,” Peterson said. “His global perspective and leadership experience in athletics and development, combined with a lifelong passion for Georgia Tech, make him the ideal candidate. I believe this is one of those rare golden moments in life where opportunity meets ambition. We welcome him home.”

Stansbury graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 with a B.S. in Industrial Management. He earned varsity letters while playing middle linebacker and on special teams for the Yellow Jackets from 1980-84. After college, he was a third-round pick for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the 1984 Canadian Football League draft.

Once his playing days were done, he was an assistant athletic director for academics at Georgia Tech from 1988-1995 under Homer Rice. Stansbury was also the athletic director at East Tennessee State from 2000-03 and Central Florida from 2012-2015. Most recently, he became the athletic director at Oregon State in June of 2015.

Stansbury is only the ninth director of athletics in Georgia Tech history. He was introduced Thursday night before Georgia Tech’s home game against Clemson.

“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to return to Georgia Tech, a place that has played such a large role in my life and the place responsible for opening up a world to me that I didn’t even know existed,” Stansbury said. “I am thankful to President Peterson and the selection committee for providing me this opportunity.”

Georgia Tech names alumnus Todd Stansbury athletic director

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