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CoSIDA names Doug Vance as new Executive Director

September 20, 2013
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By: CoSIDA Staff

AUSTIN, Tex. Doug, Vance, a member of CoSIDA’s Hall of Fame and a former president of the organization who has 30-plus years experience in college athletic media relations administration and association management, has been named Executive Director of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The announcement was made by the CoSIDA Board of Directors.

Vance comes to CoSIDA after serving as the Executive Director of the Kansas Recreation and Park Association (KRPA) since July 2004. He will assume his CoSIDA Executive Director duties on October 1, 2013.

In his CoSIDA position, Vance will provide strategic leadership, have oversight to CoSIDA’s initiatives, and manage the daily operations of the 2,900-plus member international organization. In its 57th year, CoSIDA is the national organization comprised of the athletic communications, sports public relations and media relations professionals throughout all levels of collegiate athletics in the United States and Canada.

Vance brings a wealth of experience to his new position. As the Chief Executive of KRPA, he worked closely with the board of directors while managing the administrative, sponsorship and fund raising efforts. He also coordinated external public relations, membership services, education programs, legislative, financial and public policy affairs of the Association. Vance was named as the 2012 chair of the Council of State Executive Directors, an organization of parks and recreation state association executive directors from across the country.

Prior to his KRPA position, Vance worked 20 years as an administrator in the University of Kansas athletics department. He served 18 years as KU’s assistant athletics director for media relations and the final two years as associate athletics director for communications.

“We welcome Doug Vance home to CoSIDA to serve as our next executive director and eagerly look forward to the next chapter of his work with our organization,” stated 2013-14 President Shelly Poe of Auburn University who chaired the selection committee. “Our search led us to meet with a number of excellent candidates who think highly of our organization and its members. It’s extremely satisfying to see so much enthusiasm for CoSIDA and its future.

”With Doug, he brings back to CoSIDA not only a decade of expertise in association management, but a long-standing love for the communications role in intercollegiate athletics. Having served as the president of two national organizations, Doug’s leadership and consensus-building prowess will benefit our members in all divisions as we continue to grow as the strategic communicators for college athletics.”

At Kansas, Vance coordinated media relations, marketing, information systems, video services, the KU Athletics Hall of Fame and the athletic e-commerce (KUStore.com) program and was liaison with the University's trademark licensing office and KU’s multi-media agreement with ESPN Regional. Vance served as CoSIDA president in 1993-94 and was honored with CoSIDA Hall of Fame induction in 2000.

A resident of Lawrence, Kansas, Vance will be the second executive director in CoSIDA history. He replaces John Humenik who served in that role from March 2008 through May 2013.

“In a sense, I feel like I’m going back home,” stated Vance. “I’m extremely grateful to the search committee, the CoSIDA officers and members of the CoSIDA Board of Directors for giving me this opportunity to once again connect with a tremendous organization that was essential in my professional and personal growth for many years.

“CoSIDA is in a much stronger position today because of a commitment from talented leaders who are products of the values and resources this organization offers,” Vance concluded. “I’m proud to be in the role of executive director and look forward to partnering with others in helping guide CoSIDA toward greater achievements and continued excellence.”

As KRPA executive director, Vance was awarded the KRPA President’s Award in 2005, a national honor given for distinguished contributions to the KRPA organization. He is a member of the Governor’s Council on Fitness. In partnership with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, he helped create the Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights and was instrumental in the development of the Kansans for Children in Nature Plan. Vance also initiated and created a tiered sponsorship program and commercial membership package for the association.

Prior to his communications positions at Kansas, Vance served as Sports Information Director at Murray State University (1978-83) and Austin Peay State University (1973-78).

His athletic media relations volunteer work includes serving as a United State Olympic Committee (USOC) Media Volunteer Coordinator during the 1992 Barcelona, Spain Olympics, serving on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four Media Coordinating Committee, and serving as the former chair of the Kansas Sunflower State Games Board of Directors. Vance also is the author of one book and the co-author of three others, including “Beware of the Phog, 50 years of Allen Fieldhouse” featuring the history of the University of Kansas basketball facility.

About CoSIDA

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA, www.cosida.com), now in its 57th year, was founded in 1957making it the second oldest management association in intercollegiate athletics. Today, it is a vibrant 2,900-plus member national association comprised of the sports public relations, communications and information professionals throughout all levels of collegiate athletics in the United States and Canada. CoSIDA became an affiliated partner with NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics) in December of 2008.

CoSIDA has two primary missions: 1) Help the communications and media relations professionals at all collegiate levels with professional development, continuing education and strategic direction to meet the challenges and opportunities in the ever-changing communications environment; 2) Play a significant leadership and resource role (i.e. "Strategic Communicators for College Athletics") within the overall enterprise of collegiate athletics. CoSIDA initiated and administers the "Academic All-America®" program, viewed as the premier intercollegiate athletics awards program for honoring combined academic and athletic excellence, which now has Capital One as its title sponsor.