Collegiate Sports Associates Founder & Chairman Todd Turner sits down with ADU’s Steph Garcia Cichosz at the 2023 NACDA Convention to reflect on the foundational relationships he cultivated throughout his career as an athletics leader: with mentors, with mentees and with peers. Turner, who served as Director of Athletics at the University of Connecticut, NC State University, Vanderbilt University and the University of Washington, discusses the key leadership qualities he observed from his earliest mentors – presence, the ability to connect, a strong vision – and the camaraderie and trust he developed with his peers. Turner also urges administrators to find an advocate to serve as a reference when seeking their next career opportunity. Turner: “Who you work for and where you work is more important than what you do. But you’ve got to be the best at whatever it is you’re doing if you want to take advantage of who you’re working for and where you work.”
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