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Stansbury Happy to Be Home at Tech
March 6, 2017
• Atlanta, GA
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Todd Stansbury, center, mingles following the press conference where he was named director of athletics in September 2016.
For Director of Athletics Todd Stansbury, Georgia Tech has felt like home since he played football for the Yellow Jackets in the 1980s, and again when he returned to Tech as assistant athletic director for academics from 1988 to 1995. Since then, he always hoped to make it back to Tech but didn’t expect it to take so long.
“I’ve been on a 22-year walkabout,” Stansbury said at a recent Inform Georgia Tech event, where he shared his vision for Tech’s athletic programs with faculty, staff, and students. “So much has changed, but the culture, the DNA, the constant commitment to excellence has not.”
When discussing priorities for Georgia Tech Athletics at the Feb. 23 event, Stansbury put the success of student-athletes as No. 1.
“These students are special from the day they decide to come here. They had other easier options, but they chose Tech,” he said. “Our job is to make them market-ready when they leave here.”
As a student-athlete at Tech, Stansbury was a benefactor of this strategy. His first year as a player was also the first year for then-athletic director Homer Rice, who designed and implemented Georgia Tech’s Total Person Program. The program is based on an ethos that excellence should encompass academic excellence, athletic achievement, and personal well-being. It provides a well-rounded training package for student-athletes to prepare them for life beyond sport, including stress and time management, financial planning, drug and alcohol use, sexual assault awareness and prevention, etiquette, and nutrition.
Stansbury has implemented the same program at each university where he has worked. At Tech, he believes it to be the differentiator for student-athletes.
“I consider it as …