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, event management, sport camp, equipment, and the Jack Nicklaus Museum areas.
Penner most recently has been named to the Collegiate Event and Facility Management Association (CEFMA) Board of Directors and was selected as the inaugural CEFMA/GameDay Consulting Event & Facility Manager of the Year award recipient. He has taught classes in the Fisher School of Business and the Sport management programs at Ohio State. 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, and the Special Olympics State Summer Games. He continues to work at the Major League Baseball All-Star Fan Fest each summer.
During his tenure in the Department of Athletics, Ohio State has hosted more than 60 NCAA championships and more than 30 Conference championships. 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.
The Cleveland native now resides in New Albany, Ohio with his wife Stephanie and daughter Kaylie.