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College of Business Award for Achievement in Business presented to Andy Dolich, MSA `71

Wednesday, April 13 2016 12:00am

Each year, Ohio University’s College of Business honors a business leader who has significantly contributed to his or her organization and community while maintaining the highest ethical standards. This year, Master’s of Sports Administration alumnus Andy Dolich will be recognized for his achievements at the College of Business 2016 Annual Spring Awards Banquet Fri., Apr. 15 at 6 p.m. in Nelson Commons.

“We are incredibly proud to have a program pioneered sports education and is consistently recognized as the best in its field,“ said Hugh Sherman, dean of the College of Business. “A large part of the program’s success is created through its alumni, including Andy. We are honored to give him this year’s Award for Achievement in Business. He has distinguished himself in the sport management field, and through his accomplishments.” 

Dolich has more than five decades of experience in the professional sports industry, including executive positions in the National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, and Major League Baseball. A few major accomplishments include three World Series appearances by the Oakland A's from 1988-90 and changing the face of sports advertising through the award winning "BillyBall" campaign; opening of the FedEx Forum, the new arena of the Memphis Grizzlies when the team relocated from Vancouver; and planning the $1.4 billion dollar Levi's Stadium home of the San Francisco 49ers which hosted Super Bowl 50.

“When I came to Ohio University in 1970, front offices and athletic departments were small and unsophisticated. Today the sports industry is a growing global  business. The education I received from OHIO’s sports administration program is how I went from daydreaming about a career in professional basketball to leading two NBA teams,” said Dolich.

About the award

The Award for Achievement in Business honors business leaders who have significantly contributed to their organizations and communities while maintaining the highest ethical standards in all endeavors. The Award was created by the Society of Alumni and Friends of the College of Business to honor graduates or friends of Ohio University whose outstanding professional achievements have distinguished them in their fields. Each year, the College chooses one graduate or friend that best represents the outstanding efforts of our alumni. The winner of our Award for Achievement in Business is a laudable model of the excellence that the College of Business promotes.

Media contact:         

Mackenzie O’Dwyer, marketing communications specialist, Ohio University’s College of Business at or 740-593-2032.