Wed, Aug 18|
Get in the Game! Career Opportunities in College Athletics
Join Black Sports Professionals North Texas for an interactive discussion delving into the world and business side of intercollegiate athletics.
Time & Location
Aug 18, 2021, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
About the Event
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Our seasoned panelists will give insights on the skills and tools needed to land your dream job in college athletics and touch on the hot topics driving the conversation around sports on the collegiate level.
Ed Stewart is Executive Associate Commissioner - Football at the Big 12 Conference office. At the Big 12, Stewart’s responsibilities include overseeing the daily management of football, Big 12 Football Championship at AT&T Stadium and officiating program. In this role, he has negotiated over $150 million in bowl game contracts and serves on the College Football Officiating Board of Managers, College Football Officiating Competition Committee and NCAA Football Rules Committee. Stewart also supervises the Big 12’s drug testing program and supports the Dr. Prentice Gautt Student-Athlete Welfare Committee. An athletics administrator for 20 years, Stewart began his career at Michigan State University and was an executive staff member and Associate Athletics Director for Administration at the University of Missouri. A community leader, Stewart is an active public speaker, has been recognized as a top community leader having led a record-setting United Way Campaign raising almost $500,000 for families in need. He currently serves on the board for the Oak Cliff YMCA. The Chicago native holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree from the University of Nebraska and a Master of Arts in Adult and Continuing Education degree from Michigan State. He was team captain of the 1994 Nebraska national championship football team and was named the Big Eight Conference Defensive Player of the Year, consensus All-America and Butkus Award finalist as a linebacker.
Chris Grant is Deputy Commissioner at the Southland Conference office. Grant’s role at the Southland includes direct involvement and oversight of all league operations, including NCAA governance and affairs, championships administration, diversity and inclusion and serving as a staff liaison to the Conference’s administrative leadership groups. The veteran athletics administrator with a successful campus and conference office background recently joined the staff at the Southland Conference after six-plus years at the Pac-12 Conference. Grant previously spent time in North Texas during a three-year stint at Conference USA. Prior to that, he worked for three years in the athletics department at Wright State University. Grant earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Kentucky State University in 2004 and a Master of Public Administration degree from Southern University in 2006. While at Southern, the former football student-athlete served as a men’s basketball graduate assistant coach while earning his master’s degree.
Scottie Rodgers is Director of Communications at the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association, which manages the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic and Cotton Bowl Foundation. A veteran athletics administrator with more than 25 years of experience, his stops in college athletics include time at three NCAA Division I conference offices (SEC, Ivy League and Sun Belt), the NCAA national office, CBS Sports Network and Tulane University. He is active in several national associations, including CoSIDA where he is the co-creator of the organization’s Racial & Social Justice Initiative and serves on the Division I Cabinet and Diversity & Inclusion and Special Awards committees. He is active in the community as well with the American Cancer Society as a three-time Real Men Wear Pink candidate and a North Texas committee member for the 2021 campaign. Rodgers earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree from the University of Alabama in 1995.