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MOAA Secures Ohio State Vice President and Director of Athletics Gene Smith and Shelia Smith as Keynote

April 1, 2014

Gene and Shelia Smith are the faces behind Ohio State Athletics. Gene Smith is in his ninth year as director of athletics at Ohio State University and was promoted to vice-president in January 2014.He is widely recognized among the leaders of his profession and has been named “one of the most powerful people in collegiate sport.”

Smith is the eighth person to hold the athletics director position at Ohio State and the first African-American to do so. He previously served as director of athletics at Arizona State, Iowa State and Eastern Michigan universities and is entering his 29th year in the role.

At Ohio State, the 57-year-old 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. 

Smith has additional oversight responsibility for a recently created Business Advancement Division of Ohio State which includes: Schottenstein Center, Nationwide Arena, Blackwell Hotel, Drake Union, Fawcett Center and Trademark & Licensing.

Smith’s business acumen has fostered collaboration and optimized revenue opportunities within each entity to ensure profitability.