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Oregon State brings back Stansbury as new AD

Todd Stansbury, a former executive associate athletic director at Oregon State University, has been named vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics at OSU. He will begin his new duties on Aug. 1.

Stansbury, who has 25 years of athletics administration experience, has spent the last three-plus years as vice president and athletic director at the University of Central Florida. He previously was at Oregon State from 2003-12 before taking the Central Florida position.

He succeeds Bob De Carolis, who resigned as OSU athletic director in May after nearly 17 years at Oregon State, including nearly 13 as athletic director. Effective July 1, Marianne Vydra, senior associate athletic director/senior woman administrator, will serve as interim director of OSU intercollegiate athletics.

“I am very pleased that Todd Stansbury is rejoining Oregon State University,” said OSU President Edward J. Ray in a press release from the university. “He is prepared to hit the ground running and will help propel OSU’s men’s and women’s athletics. He is very skilled at growing fan excitement and engagement, and will guide the success of our student-athletes in sports, academics and community.”

Stansbury was selected following a national search that attracted extensive interest and several high-level finalists for the position, Ray said. Stansbury will be welcomed to OSU on Wednesday at a news conference.

A native of Ontario, Canada, Stansbury graduated with a degree in industrial management from Georgia Tech in 1984, where he played linebacker for the Yellow Jackets’ football team. He went on to earn a master’s degree in sports administration from Georgia State University in 1993.

Before coming to Oregon State, Stansbury worked in athletics administration at Georgia Tech (1990-95), where he was assistant athletic director; the University of Houston (1997-2000), as associate athletic director; and East Tennessee State (2000-03), where he was director of athletics.

During his three-and-a-half years at Central Florida, Stansbury transformed a department that increased its donor base by 47 percent; won 12 CUSA and American Athletic Conference championships in eight different sports; and has had the highest graduation success rate of any public Division I higher education institution in the United States.

Stansbury will provide leadership for an Oregon State intercollegiate athletics program that has 17 NCAA sports, more than 500 student-athletes and a $73 million budget. The University of Central Florida has 16 NCAA sports, more than 450 student athletes, and a $47 million budget.

Stansbury will be joined in Corvallis by his wife, Karen.

Todd Stansbury will begin his new role as Oregon State Athletic Director on Aug. 1. AP PHOTO