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Ohio University Welcomes New Director for Professional Master of Sports Administration Program

Tuesday, March 22 2016 12:00am

Gregory Sullivan joins #1 internationally ranked program

ATHENS, Ohio (Mar. 22, 2016) – Ohio University’s department of sports administration is pleased to announce Gregory Sullivan, PhD, is joining the College of Business as director of the Professional Master of Sports Administration (PMSA) and associate professor of sport management. Sullivan joins Ohio University’s College of Business from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio and replaces Heather Lawrence, PhD, as outgoing director.

Since founding the PMSA program in 2012, Lawrence has guided more than 150 sports professionals through the rigorous curriculum.

“We feel a debt of gratitude to Heather for her leadership and vision as the founding director. Under her guidance, the program earned top international honors as the preeminent online sports administration program for working professionals recognized as the #1 program globally each of the past three years by SportBusiness International,” said Hugh Sherman, dean of the College of Business.  “Greg is an outstanding successor, with strong industry and academic credentials, who will build on this excellent foundation.”

Lawrence was recently selected as the academic director for graduate programs, a role she will assume this summer. She will also continue teaching in the Department of Sports Administration.

Sullivan spent 20 years in commodity trading, finance, and marketing before returning to earn an MBA in Sport Management from Seton Hall University’s Stillman School of Business, a PhD in Sport Management from The Ohio State University, and is completing (August, 2016) a Master’s of Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2004, Sullivan taught in the Department of Health and Sport Sciences at Otterbein College where he earned the Otterbein Teacher of the Year award. Courses included sport law, sport marketing, sociology and psychology of sport, finance of sport, and others.

“I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this program’s legacy of excellence,” said Sullivan.  “I look forward to building on the program’s reputation and bringing my expertise to expanding the influence our world-renowned program.”

Sullivan begins teaching in May and joins the College of Business full-time in July.

“Greg’s research and teaching excellence provides an advantage for our program,” said Norm O’Reilly, Richard P. and Joan S. Fox Professor of Business and chair of the Department of Sports Administration, “His genuine passion for students is evident and will enrich the department and college.”

Contact: Jessica Gardner, director of marketing and communications, College of Business at or 740-593-2009.