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Messages to the Georgetown Community

Announcing Lee Reed as the 17th Director of Athletics

April 15, 2010

Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community:

It is my pleasure to announce that Lee Reed will serve as the next Director of Athletics at Georgetown University, effective May 10, 2010.  For the past eight years, Lee has served as the Athletic Director at Cleveland State University.  I am confident that he will bring the same commitment to educational excellence and competitive success that made him a strong and successful leader at Cleveland State.  Lee brings to Georgetown a collaborative leadership style, working with coaches, student-athletes, staff, faculty, alumni, and NCAA and conference leaders to create the best educational and competitive experience for student-athletes.  He will ensure that our Athletics program complies with all NCAA and conference regulations and strives to be a model of excellence and sportsmanship for all in intercollegiate athletics.

Lee’s successful tenure at Cleveland State provides many examples of his leadership and vision.  At the conclusion of the 2007-08 academic year, the Horizon League honored Cleveland State with the James J. McCafferty Award for the top overall athletic program in the league.  Cleveland State’s men’s and women’s basketball teams both won Horizon League tournament championships during his tenure.  The men’s team played in its first NCAA Tournament game in 23 years, and the women’s team reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.

Prior to Cleveland State, Lee served as the Associate Athletic Director at Eastern Michigan University.  He also spent three years as an assistant coach of the men’s basketball team at the University of New Mexico.  In college, Lee played guard and was the captain of the Cleveland State Vikings men’s basketball team in the early 1980s.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in sports administration from the University of New Mexico.

As we welcome Lee, I want to thank Senior Vice President for Strategic Development Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D., for serving as Interim Director of Athletics since last June.  Dan has engaged with the strategic, operational, academic, regulatory, competitive, and philanthropic dimensions of Athletics.  He led the search process that identified Lee and will provide joint supervision and oversight of Athletics with me going forward.

Please join me in welcoming Lee to the Georgetown University community.  I look forward to working with Lee and colleagues from across the University to build upon the rich history of Georgetown Athletics.


John J. DeGioia

Georgetown University37th and O Streets, N.W., Washington D.C. 20057(202) 687.0100

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