Sunday, October 7th

4:00-6:00 PM

Registration at the Omni

6:00 PM

Buses leave for Petersen Events Center from Omni

6:15-7:00 PM

Tour of Pitt Studios (ACC Network)

7:15 PM

Opening Dinner 
Presented by Pitt Athletics & Learfield

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Heather Lyke, Director of Athletics, University of Pittsburgh

Opening Dinner Keynote
Art Rooney II, Owner, Pittsburgh Steelers



monday, october 8th

General session in the Grand ballroom (17th floor)

7:00-7:55 AM

Served in the Urban Room (17th Floor)

8:00-9:00 AM

Current Issues in College Athletics
Sandy Barbour, Director of Athletics, Penn State University
Greg Christopher, Director of Athletics, Xavier University
Jennifer Heppel, Commissioner, Patriot League
Shane Lyons, Director of Athletics, West Virginia University
Moderator: Jamie Boggs, Deputy Director of Athletics, Grand Canyon University

9:00-9:30 AM

How Centennials Make Choices:  Connecting to Generation Z
John Roberson, CEO, Advent

9:30-10:15 AM

Building Relationships that Matter
Wren Baker, VP & Director of Athletics, University of North Texas
Troy Dannen, Director of Athletics, Tulane University
Tommy McClelland, Director of Athletics, Louisiana Tech University
Terry Tumey, Director of Athletics, California State University, Fresno
Moderator: Kevin Barefoot, Winthrop Intelligence 

10:15-10:30 AM 


10:30-11:15 AM

Lesson’s from the AD’s Office presented by Paciolan
Dan Radakovich, Director of Athletics, Clemson University
Mack Rhoades, VP & Director of Athletics, Baylor University
Scott Stricklin, Director of Athletics, University of Florida
Moderator: Christian Lewis, Paciolan


Presidential Leadership
Patrick Gallagher, Chancellor, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Chris Howard, President, Robert Morris University
Jim Tressel, President, Youngstown State
Moderator: Travis Goff, Deputy Director of Athletics & Assistant VP, Northwestern University

Noon-1:00 PM

Lunch - Courtesy of McCown Gordon
Served in the Urban Room (17th Floor)

1:00-1:40 PM and 1:45-2:25 PM

CALS Breakout Sessions

Each attendee will be assigned a breakout group and will rotate through two topics
Breakout rooms can be found on the back of your nametag

Managing your Career & The Search Process
Carr Sports Consulting (Bill Carr)
DHR International (Pat Richter & Glenn Sugiyama)
Eastman & Beaudine (Bob Beaudine & Kevin Goll)
Korn Ferry (Kyle Bowlsby)
Parker Executive Search (Daniel Parker, Hayden Garrett, Grant Higgison)
Ventura Partners (Chad Chatlos & Katy Young Staudt)

The AD’s Roundtable
Various Faculty ADs

2:25-2:45 PM


2:45-3:45 PM

Leading through Change
David Benedict, Director of Athletics, University of Connecticut
Ross Bjork, Director of Athletics, University of Mississippi
Pat Kraft, Director of Athletics, Temple University
Bill Scholl, VP & Director of Athletics, Marquette University
Moderator: Keli Zinn, Deputy Director of Athletics, West Virginia University

3:45-4:30 PM

Executive Leadership 101
John Anthony, CEO, Anthony Travel
Tom Bowen, Director of Athletics, University of Memphis
Greg Brown, CEO, Learfield
Wes Wilcox, Former General Manager, Atlanta Hawks
Moderator: DeWayne Peevy, Deputy Director of Athletics, University of Kentucky

4:30-5:15 PM

The Pro Perspective: Inside the City of Champions
Kevin Colbert, Vice President & General Manager, Pittsburgh Steelers
Frank Coonelly, President, Pittsburgh Pirates
David Morehouse, President & CEO, Pittsburgh Penguins
Moderator: Heather Lyke, University of Pittsburgh   

5:30-7:00 PM

Reception - Courtesy of Tailgate Guys
Urban Room (17th Floor)

DInner on your own


Tuesday, October 9th

general sessions in the grand ballroom (17th floor)

7:00-7:55 AM

Served in the Urban Room (17th Floor)

8:00-8:45 AM

Building a Culture of Excellence
Pat Chun, Director of Athletics, Washington State University
Heather Lyke, Director of Athletics, University of Pittsburgh
Gene Smith, Director of Athletics, The Ohio State University 
Moderator: Martin Jarmond, Director of Athletics, Boston College

8:45-9:30 AM

Risk Management in Collegiate Athletics
Samantha Huge, Director of Athletics, College of William & Mary
Chris King, Director of Athletics, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Scott Wetherbee, Director of Athletics, Eastern Michigan University
Christian Reed, CEO, Dissinger Reed
Moderator: David Chadwick, RealRecruit

9:30-10:15 AM

Growing the Pie: Generating Revenue to meet Rising Costs
Bob Bernard, President & CEO, Learfield Licensing Group
Jon Gilbert, Director of Athletics, University of Southern Mississippi
Nate Pine, Director of Athletics College of Holy Cross
Brad Sexton, Senior VP, IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions
Moderator: Scott Garrett, Executive Associate Athletics Director, Kansas State University

10:15-10:30 AM


10:30-11:15 AM

If You Build it, They Will Come
Robin Hall, Regional Manager, Daktronics
Lenny Kaplan, Assistant VP & Director of Athletics, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Chris Nations, President, Nations Group
Steve Terrill, Principal, AECOM
Moderator: Jon Palumbo, Director of Athletics, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi


Moving on Up: Navigating Career Growth and Transition
Mark Alnutt, Director of Athletics, University of Buffalo
Sherryta Freeman, Director of Athletics, Lafayette College
Brian Hardin, Director of Athletics, Drake University
Brian White, Director of Athletics, Florida Atlantic University
Moderator: Harry Stinson, Director of Athletics, Lincoln (PA) University

Symposium Closes