John Currie is a veteran college athletics leader with 25 years of 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 athletics at Kansas State University from 2009-2017, and later as AD at the University of Tennessee, Currie has navigated conference realignment, hired winning coaches, developed inclusive leadership teams and built solid ongoing relationships with student-athletes, faculty, staff and alumni. He was nationally recognized in 2013 as Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year and was a Sports Business Journal Forty Under 40 winner in 2011. He represented the Big 12 on the NCAA Division I Administrative Cabinet from 2010–2015 and is a Life Member the Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors.
As a speaker and consultant, Currie continues to provide leadership through his company, Lauchlin Advisors, LLC, with engagements including the University of Texas and Tulane.
Appointed in 2009 as Kansas State’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 of his eight-year tenure. He led record-breaking development campaigns and initiated, designed and delivered $210 million in new state-of-the-art facilities benefitting all 16 Wildcat sports.
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 a football sell-out streak of 33 games. 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 and compliance system regarded as a model of institutional control.
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.