Mike Penner was promoted to Senior Associate Athletics Director for Internal Operations in January 2013. He now serves as a member of the department's executive team providing strategic direction and oversight for the 36-sport athletic department with more than 1,000 student-athletes and 1,700 full and part-time employees. He is the lead administrator for the department's facility operations and capital projects, event management and championships, fan experience and promotions, creative services, technology services, and the men’s and women’s tennis teams.
Penner currently serves as the Collegiate Event and Facility Management Association (CEFMA) First Vice President and was selected as the inaugural CEFMA/GameDay Consulting Event & Facility Manager of the Year award recipient. He has taught classes in Ohio State’s Fisher School of Business and the Sport Management programs. He has served on the advisory board of the sport and exercise science department for the University of Dayton and continues to serve on the Ohio Dominican University Business Advisory Board. He has given dozens of presentations on various event topics at national and regional conferences and local universities. He has worked at the NCAA Hoop City, OHSAA Tournaments for track, tennis, basketball, softball and wrestling, the Special Olympics State Summer Games and the Major League Baseball All-Star Fan Fest.
While in his respective roles in the Department of Athletics, Ohio State has hosted more than 100 NCAA championships and more than 40 Conference championships and built more than $150 million of capital projects. A 1997 sport management graduate of the University of Dayton, Penner earned his master's degree from The Ohio State University in 1999. He then began his career at Ohio State in July 1999 with the Department of Recreational Sports where he served as the intramural coordinator. He moved to the Department of Athletics in 2001 to serve as the assistant director of event management and then was promoted to director of event management in 2003, assistant athletics director in 2006, and associate athletic director in 2009. In his tenure at Ohio State, he has also served as the lead administrator for sport camps, the OSU Golf Club and equipment services.
The Cleveland native now resides in Upper Arlington, Ohio with his wife Stephanie, daughter Kaylie (5) and son Zachary (2).
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