Lee Reed Announced as First Former NACDA Intern to Become Association’s President|
July 25, 2018
CLEVELAND – For the first time in its 54-year history, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) will have a former intern as President. Lee Reed, director of intercollegiate athletics (Francis X. Rienzo chair) at Georgetown University, will serve as President for the 2018-19 academic year.
Reed has led the athletics department at Georgetown since April 2010, overseeing one of the most broad-based intercollegiate athletics programs in the nation with 29 varsity programs and more than 700 student-athletes.
“This is truly an honor to have come full circle and serve as NACDA’s President,” Reed said. “To think that 24 years ago I made a career decision to make a move and take on an internship at NACDA – it has been an amazing journey for me. This Association provides us as administrators with the opportunity to learn from our peers, network and develop friendships. I am thankful to the leadership at NACDA’s National Office, and I look forward to working closely with my fellow Officers and Executive Committee members this year.”
Reed began his career in athletics administration as a NACDA intern from February 1994 to April 1995. He was one of the first former interns to become an athletics director when he took the top spot at Cleveland State University (CSU) in the summer of 2002. Prior to CSU, Reed spent seven years as an administrator at Eastern Michigan University.
In addition to his service to NACDA, Reed also serves as President of the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation awards six $10,000 postgraduate scholarships annually to minority candidates who are planning to pursue a master’s degree in athletics administration/sport management.
Alongside Reed, Greg Byrne, director of athletics at the University of Alabama, will serve as NACDA 1st Vice President; Jean Lenti Ponsetto, athletics director at DePaul University, will serve as 2nd Vice President; Warde Manuel, Donald R. Shepherd director of athletics at the University of Michigan will serve as 3rd Vice President and Don Tencher, director of athletics at Rhode Island College will serve as Secretary.
NACDA Executive Committee members selected to serve beginning in 2018-19 include Bill Chaves, athletics director at the University of North Dakota; Stevie Baker-Watson, associate vice president for campus wellness & Theodore Katula director of athletics and recreational sports at DePauw University; and Felicia Martin, Vice President of the Eligibility Center at the NCAA.
The administrators listed above join the following individuals on the NACDA Executive Committee – Oklahoma City AD Jim Abbott; Martin Methodist AD Jeff Bain; Mississippi AD Ross Bjork; Rhode Island AD Thorr Bjorn; NAIA President & CEO Jim Carr; Tallahassee CC AD Rob Chaney; Washington State AD Pat Chun; Coast Guard AD Tim Fitzpatrick; Northern Illinois AD Sean Frazier; Cal State Monterey Bay AD Kirby Garry; Northeastern JC AD Marci Henry; Florida Gulf Coast AD Ken Kavanagh; Rollins AD Pennie Parker; Iowa State AD Jamie Pollard; College of Southern Maryland AD Michelle Ruble and Bellarmine AD Scott Wiegandt.
About NACDA: NACDA, now in its 54th year, is the professional and educational Association for more than 15,700 college athletics administrators at more than 1,700 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 6,500 athletics administrators annually attend NACDA & Affiliates Convention Week. Additionally, NACDA manages 17 professional associations and three foundations. For more information on NACDA, visit www.nacda.com.