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John Currie

Lecturer; Athletics Director, Wake Forest University

New Wake Forest University Athletics Director John Currie is a veteran college athletics leader with 26 years of experience in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Big 12, and Southeastern Conference (SEC). He teaches a graduate-level course in the discipline of Intercollegiate Athletics Administration.

On March 4, 2019, Currie was introduced by Wake Forest president Nathan Hatch as the 6th AD in Demon Deacon history, succeeding his mentor, Ron Wellman, the longest-serving Power Five AD in the country. He previously served as Director of Athletics at Kansas State University from 2009-2017, and later as AD at the University of Tennessee. He has also served college athletics as a speaker and consultant, most notably at the University of Texas this past year.

Currie has navigated conference realignment, hired winning coaches, developed inclusive leadership teams and built solid ongoing relationships with student-athletes, faculty, staff, and alumni. In 2013, he was nationally recognized as Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year and in 2011, was named a Forty Under 40 winner by Sports Business Journal. He represented the Big 12 on the NCAA Division I Administrative Cabinet from 2010–2015 and is a Life Member of the Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors.

Appointed in 2009 as Kansas State’s fifteenth 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 and built $210 million in new state-of-the-art facilities benefiting 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. All Wildcat programs delivered academically, with five teams - including football - posting the Big 12’s highest Academic Performance Rating (APR) 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.


  • M.S., University of Tennessee
  • B.A., Wake Forest University


  • Summer 2020: Intercollegiate Athletics Administration