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The Value Proposition Of Athletics With Stephen F. Austin’s Ryan Ivey

Guest Ryan Ivey, Stephen F. Austin
15:09 min watch


Former Stephen F. Austin Director of Athletics/incoming Louisiana Tech Vice President and Director of Athletics Ryan Ivey sits down with ADU’s Tai M. Brown at the 2024 NCAA Convention to discuss the unique value proposition of Athletics within a university’s larger mission and the opportunities that come as a result of presidential transitions. Ivey: “Athletics is the front porch of the institution but there’s a whole house behind that porch. You can have a house without a front porch but you can’t have a front porch without a house.” Ivey also shares insight into navigating the various values and expectations of permanent and interim university leaders, dives into the challenges of facilities planning and resource allocation during a time of presidential instability and discusses the importance of creating narratives around the academic outcomes of student-athletes.

The conversation is indexed below for efficient viewing (click the time stamp to jump to a specific question/topic).

  • - In your six years at SFA, you've worked with 5-6 presidents. With that much change in leadership, there has to be some sense of instability at the institutional level.
  • - Has the interim president been the same person each time?
  • - From a project or future planning standpoint, what have you been able to get off the ground with the constant changes in university leadership?
  • - How do you create consensus from existing university leaders when it comes to asking for or tapping into campus resources?
  • - How do you have the resource conversation with coaches?
  • - How do you handle any naysayers within campus leadership?