Monday November 12, 2012
STATESBORO, Ga. – Nov. 12, 2012 – Tom Kleinlein, deputy athletic director at Kent State University, was introduced this evening as Georgia Southern University’s new athletic director, concluding a national search.
During remarks at a standing-room only press conference to announce Kleinlein’s appointment, Georgia Southern President Brooks Keel, Ph.D. described the University’s new athletic director as someone who not only understands the competitive and business aspects of managing a growing athletics department, but also the focus on academics. “Tom Kleinlein brings a great deal of experience and enthusiasm to Georgia Southern University. Our goal is to make sure that our student athletes not only win on the field, but in the classroom. We’re excited to welcome Tom and his family to the Eagle Nation and I am confident he will lead our athletic teams and department to the next level, both on and off the field.”
“I am very excited to join the Eagle Nation and am honored to serve as Georgia Southern University’s athletic director,” said Kleinlein. “This job can be summed up in one word: opportunity. The tradition and success that Georgia Southern has become so well known for will serve as the foundation as we build for the future. I am looking forward to working with President Keel, the University’s leadership, our coaches, staff and student athletes and I am looking forward to meeting all of our fans, alumni, sponsors and donors.”
Kleinlein joined Kent State in 2010 and was responsible for the management of the athletic department’s revenue generation component and coordinated the department’s efforts with Institutional Advancement, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. He also served as the direct sport supervisor for football along with men’s and women’s basketball while directing many of the day-to-day operations of the department. He led the University’s relationship with IMG College, the marketing department, ticket office, facilities, strength and conditioning and game day management operations.