John Currie is a veteran intercollegiate athletics leader with 25 years of progressive experience in the ACC, Big 12, and SEC. He teaches a graduate level course in the discipline of Intercollegiate Athletics Administration. Serving as director of intercollegiate athletics at Kansas State from 2009-2017, and most recently as AD at the University of Tennessee, Currie’s career has focused on on navigating conference realignment, spearheading financial turnarounds, and building solid ongoing relationships with alumni, donors, staff, and student-athletes. At Kansas State University, he achieved record-breaking development campaigns with financially sound operations, earned distinction for creative branding and sales, produced championship results, and constructed state-of-the-art facilities.
Appointed in 2009 as Kansas State University’s 15th athletic director, Currie turned a program with an inherited deficit into one of the NCAA’s most financially solvent, growing the budget from $44 million to $73 million, while achieving a cash surplus every year.
Under Currie’s leadership, K-State’s Fan Experience staff was named the national 2014 NACMA Marketing Team of the Year and created ticket initiatives leading to new school attendance and sales records and an active sell-out streak of 33 games. In 2013, Curre was named Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year and received the Bobby Dodd Athletic Director Award. In 2011, he was a Sports Business Journal Forty Under 40 winner. He represented the Big 12 as member of the NCAA Division I Administrative Cabinet from 2010–2015 and served on the Fiesta Bowl, Inc. Board of Directors from 2012–2016.
In 2011, the Wildcats launched K-StateHD.TV, which became the No. 1 premium digital school network. Academically, all Wildcat programs boasted multi-year APR marks of at least .944, with five teams, including football, posting the Big 12’s highest mark in 2016–2017. Currie also served as CEO of K-State Athletics, Inc., building a governance system regarded as a model of institutional control while also completely overhauling the Wildcat’s NCAA compliance program.
He earned a Master of Science degree in sports management from the University of Tennessee in 2003 and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest in 1993. He teaches a graduate level course in the discipline of Intercollegiate Athletics Administration.