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Beaver AD lands job at Georgia Tech

CORVALLIS — Oregon State University is launching an immediate national search to replace Todd Stansbury, vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics, who was hired by his alma mater, Georgia Tech University, in Atlanta, OSU reported Thursday.

Stansbury has led Oregon State's athletics department for just over a year. He was hired in August 2015 after serving more than three years as vice president and athletics director at the University of Central Florida. He previously was at Oregon State from 2003-12.

Stansbury said the decision to leave Oregon State and return to Georgia Tech was a difficult one. He played football there as a linebacker; graduated from GT in 1984; and worked in the athletics department from 1987-95.

"My wife Karen and I chose to return to Oregon State because we loved this university and Corvallis so much," he said in a press release from OSU. "Oregon State is an excellent university, and its men's and women's programs are among the best in the Pac-12 Conference and successfully compete against top programs nationally. But Georgia Tech is my alma mater. Anyone who has heard me speak, knows of the passion I have for the opportunities that I was granted there as a student, as an athlete and as a past member of the Georgia Tech athletics department."

Oregon State President Edward J. Ray said he was disappointed to see Stansbury leave, but understands his decision.

"I have known Todd for a number of years and appreciate all that he accomplished while here," Ray said. "While I was very pleased to hire him in 2015 to return to Oregon State, I do understand the pull of his alma mater."

Ray said he will engage an advisory group of university, alumni and leaders in intercollegiate sports to begin an immediate national search for a new athletic director. The selection process will be aided by a national search firm focused in intercollegiate athletics. Ray said he plans to name an interim athletic director as soon as possible by following university procedures.

The search committee will be led by Joey Spatafora, an OSU distinguished professor and the university's faculty athletic representative to the Pac-12 Conference.