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Wright, Christina

Assistant Professor of Instruction

Sports Administration
CBA 318
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  • MSA, Master of Sports Administration, Ohio University, 2010
  • MBA, Ohio University, 2009
  • BA, Public Communication, The American University, 2003

Research Interests

  • Sport Facility and Event Management
  • Diversity and Sport
  • Organizational Culture and Behavior
  • Intercollegiate Athletics


  • Lawrence-Benedict, H., & Wright, C.K. (writing in progress). It’s the little things: Creating an inclusive work culture in sport tourism (Part 2). National Association of Sports Commissions Playbook, Fall 2017.
  • Lawrence-Benedict, H., & Wright, C.K. (2017, June 20). It’s the little things: Creating an inclusive work culture in sport tourism (Part 1). National Association of Sports Commissions Playbook, Summer 2017.
  • Wright, C.K. (2005, April 23). Proceedings from National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR): The token athlete: Sports and performance-enhancing drugs. Asheville, NC: University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Presentations & Awards

  • Sports Management Institute Executive Program Certificate, 2014
  • Ohio University Dr. James Mason Award, 2010
  • NACWAA Administrator of Tomorrow Award-Division I-FCS, 2009
  • BCA Ethnic Minority Postgraduate Scholarship, 2008
  • NACDA John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship, 2007
  • NCAA Minority and Women’s Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics, 2007
  • American University Stafford H. Cassell Award, 2007
  • American University Multicultural Affairs/International Student and Scholar Services Scholar-Athlete Award, 2007
  • American University Executive Director’s Award of Excellence, 2006


Christina Wright is an Assistant Professor of Instruction, COSMA Director and Multicultural Faculty-in-Residence in the College of Business at Ohio University (OHIO). Christina returns to her alma mater after spending the past six years at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). At the NCAA, Christina served as the resident “career coach,” responsible for training and development of the national office staff, staff engagement, internal communications and performance management. In previous roles at the NCAA, she has served as program and grants administrator, oversaw community and youth initiatives for the men’s and women’s Final Four and College World Series, and was responsible for several initiatives related to educational program evaluation and metrics. In January 2012, she became adjunct faculty in the Department of Sports Administration at OHIO, teaching courses in the Professional Master of Sports Administration (PMSA) program. She currently serves on the National Sports Forum Steering Committee, the Ohio University SAFM Alumni Advisory Board and is chair emeritus for the National Sports Forum Business of Diversity in Sports and Entertainment committee.

Completing the MBA/MSA dual degree program at OHIO in 2010, Christina was the creative services graduate assistant for the AECOM Center for Sports Administration. In 2009, she served as an event management intern at The Ohio State University. She utilized practicum credit with the NCAA Student-Athlete Affairs department, as well as a revenue generation project with the men's basketball team at Florida State University and a facilities plan for California State University Channel Islands.

Prior to enrolling at OHIO, Christina was a part of the NCAA Postgraduate Internship Program in diversity and inclusion. Christina received her bachelor of arts in public communication from American University in Washington, D.C. A four-year letter winner and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representative of the women’s indoor and outdoor track team, Christina finished her throwing career as the school record holder in the indoor and outdoor shot-put, and second on the All-time best list for discus. She also was a conference SAAC representative to the Patriot League.

During her undergraduate studies, Christina served as an intern with the American University athletics department and NASPA. She was also very active in campus life, representing the student body and student-athletes on various search and advisory committees.