MacLeod Announces Resignation as Tulsa's Athletics Director; Takes Position With Conference USA
July 27, 2005
Tulsa, Oklahoma - University of Tulsa Director of Athletics Judy MacLeod has resigned her position with the Golden Hurricane, it was announced today. MacLeod has accepted a position as Associate Commissioner for Governance and National Policy at Conference USA. TU President Steadman Upham has appointed Vice President for Business and Finance Kevan Buck as interim athletics director while a search is conducted.
MacLeod has spent the past eight years as Tulsa's director of athletics after being appointed to her position on February 20, 1997. MacLeod has been at Tulsa since 1990.
Before her appointment, she served in various capacities within the athletic department including director of ticket sales, assistant athletics director, associate director of athletics and interim athletics director. MacLeod also served as TU's senior woman administrator for four years.
MacLeod is one of six female athletics directors at NCAA Division I-A institutions.
"Tulsa is a very special place and I am thankful and proud to have been involved during a time of tremendous progress and growth of our athletic department and University," said MacLeod. "I've had the opportunity to work with some magnificent people striving for the same goal of providing our student-athletes with an outstanding athletic experience while earning a degree.
"I have so many people to thank ---- Dr. Lawless for giving me the opportunity, Dr. Upham for his continued support, The Board of Trustees and Chairman Fulton Collins for their dedication to this university and their support, and all the talented coaches, administrators and student-athletes that make TU an incredible place."
"I am very excited about the future of Conference USA and look forward to working with Commissioner Banowsky and the great team of people he has put in place. I also feel fortunate that in my new role I will be able to continue to work with TU and the eleven other schools to further advance the league and continue to build on established relationships," added MacLeod.
"The University of Tulsa is tremendously appreciative to the dedication and tireless work that Judy has exhibited during her tenure. She has been so instrumental in the successes and progression of TU athletics," said University President Dr. Steadman Upham. "I'm extremely proud and grateful to have had the opportunity to work side-by-side with Judy, even for a short time. I look forward to working with Judy in her new position at Conference USA."
MacLeod has been instrumental in building the image and success of Tulsa athletics in her eight years. She was recognized in June 2004, as the Central Region Athletics Director of the Year as selected by the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors (NACDA).
During her tenure, MacLeod coordinated Tulsa's transition into the Western Athletic Conference. In the fall of 2003, she was instrumental in establishing Tulsa's new membership in Conference USA. Never before have TU student-athletes earned more academic honors. Under her tenure, TU student-athletes have been honored with 26 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America awards. Last year, 12 of Tulsa's 18 intercollegiate sports posted better than a 3.0 grade point average. In 2002, TU earned the USA Today/NCAA Academic Achievement Award ranking and was the only school to be ranked among the top-10 in all three USA Today/NCAA Academic Achievement Award categories.
A building explosion of athletic facilities on the TU campus occurred during MacLeod's tenure. She was involved in all efforts surrounding the construction of the Donald W. Reynolds Center and the west campus development of the Donna J. Hardesty Sports Complex, including the Hurricane Softball Complex, the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium, soccer practice field and locker room facilities. MacLeod was also instrumental in the development of an indoor practice facility for golf, a permanent practice area for volleyball and the Jack Zink Indoor Rowing Center, all in Mabee Gymnasium. Construction of the nation's premier tennis facility, the Michael D. Case Tennis Center, also occurred during MacLeod's tenure. She has also coordinated efforts for construction of the Case Athletic Complex that will house new football offices, locker room, game day suites and student-athlete academic center. This building is expected to open in fall 2006.
She coordinated the implementation of the women's basketball program; initiated Tulsa's involvement in the NCAA's Life Skills program; and has increased administrative/support staff and assistant coaching positions by more than 30 over the last eight years.
MacLeod was recognized for her outstanding contributions to TU and the community as a recipient of the 1998 Newsmaker Award, which is presented annually by the Tulsa Chapter of Women in Communication. MacLeod will continue in her capacity as athletics director through August 26. She will assume her new responsibilities at Conference USA on September 6.
At Conference USA, MacLeod will be responsible for Conference and NCAA governance activities and providing analysis on national policy matters affecting intercollegiate athletics and higher education. She will also oversee the Conference's compliance and rules education programs, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), academic services, and work with the NCAA and other Division I conferences on regulatory matters.
"Judy is an excellent administrator and we are very excited with her decision to join our team," C-USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky said. "She has distinguished herself over the last decade as an outstanding and thoughtful leader at the University of Tulsa and we know she will make a great contribution to the conference."
Buck joined The University of Tulsa as vice president for business and finance in March 2000. He came to Tulsa after serving as vice president for business and finance at Wilmington (Ohio) College. Previously, he was the comptroller at Ashland (Ohio) University.
Buck holds a master's degree from Wright State University in 1981 and a bachelor's degree from Michigan Technological University in 1985.
"I have worked closely with Judy since I came to TU, and have garnered so much respect for the job she has done at one of the smallest institutions in America competing on the NCAA Division I level," said Buck. "It's easy to lose sight of the tremendous progress our athletic department has made under Judy's direction. She will be sorely missed."
"The great thing about stepping into the interim position is how stable the athletic department has remained under Judy's leadership. We have tremendous coaches and administrators who will make my job and transition into this position easy. We have coaches working towards common goals, teams competing for conference titles, student-athletes graduating, athletic facilities that rank among some of the best in the region and nationally and we continue to progress," Buck added. "I look forward to working more closely with the athletic staff and coaches."