Athletics News

Gene Smith to Participate in Midwest Regional Leadership Symposium

April 25, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio- Gene Smith, vice president and director of athletics at The Ohio State University, will be one of three prominent African-American athletics directors featured in the Black Sports Professional's Midwest Regional Leadership Symposium at 5 p.m. May 15 in the Founders Room of Nationwide Arena. Smith, who is in his 10th year as Ohio State's director of athletics, will be joined on the moderated panel discussion by Kevin Anderson, director of athletics at the University of Maryland and Warde Manuel, the director of athletics at the University of Connecticut.

During the three-hour event, the trio will discuss the state of collegiate athletics, as well as leadership and professional development best practices.

Tickets (purchase HERE) to the event are $20 for professionals and $10 for students.

Gene Smith, vice president and director of athletics at The Ohio State University
Gene Smith is in his 10th year as director of athletics at The Ohio State University. He was promoted to vice president in January 2014. Smith is widely recognized among the leaders of his profession and has been named "one of the most powerful people in collegiate sport." At Ohio State, Smith oversees the nation's most comprehensive and one of its most successful collegiate athletics programs. The department sponsors 36 fully-funded varsity sports with more than 1,000 student-athletes regularly competing for Big Ten Conference and NCAA championships. (More on Gene Smith)

Kevin Anderson, director of athletics at the University of Maryland
In his fourth year as the Director of Athletics at Maryland, Kevin Anderson has led the Terrapins on a path that has begun with unparalleled success. His first three seasons were highlighted by NCAA national championships in field hockey and a pair of national runner-up finishes in men's and women's lacrosse. In launching the Terrapins on their path to success, Anderson has instituted an inclusive management style that combines a passion for providing a quality experience for Maryland's student-athletes with a thoughtful business acumen that has him managing the Terrapins' $59 million budget and more than 180 employees. (More on Kevin Anderson)

Warde Manuel, director of athletics at the University of Connecticut
Hired in March 2012 as Connecticut's director of athletics, Warde Manuel recently has enjoyed great success at Connecticut as he witnessed both the men's and women's basketball programs win NCAA championships this past season. In just his second year leading the Husky department of athletics, Manuel was the director of athletics at the University of Buffalo for six years. Manuel led a 20-sport program at Buffalo, where it enjoyed an unparalleled period of success during his time there from an athletic, academic and community service perspective. (More on Warde Manuel)

Who: Gene Smith, Ohio State Vice President and Director of Athletics; Kevin Anderson, Maryland Director of Athletics, Warde Manuel, Connecticut Director of Athletics
What: Black Sports Professional's Midwest Regional Leadership Symposium
When: 5-8 p.m. May 15; The symposium will begin with a cocktail reception followed by the panel discussion.
Where: Founders Room, Nationwide Arena
Tickets: $20 for professionals; $15 for students (purchase HERE)

Ohio State Department of Athletics Mission Statement
We foster a culture that provides the opportunity to develop our student-athletes through success in academics and competition to achieve excellence in life.

Black Sports Professionals Mission Statement
BSP has a mission to connect, empower and advance Black Sports Professionals within the business operations of sports to positions of influence throughout the industry.

Greater Columbus Sports Commission Mission Statement
The mission of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission is to build civic community pride, prosperity and vitality by attracting and retaining state, regional, national and international sporting events and activities to the Greater Columbus area.

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