Julie Bright and David Harris, two nationally recognized and highly regarded athletics administrators, have agreed to join the Iowa State University athletics department as members of Jamie Pollard's senior administrative team.
"I am simply ecstatic about our successful recruitment of both Julie Bright and David Harris to our senior level administrative team at Iowa State University," Pollard said. "Julie and David have both distinguished themselves as leaders in our industry and have outstanding national reputations, tireless work ethics and share our commitment to academic and athletic excellence. With the addition of these two individuals to an already talented group of current senior staff members, we have one of the strongest administrative teams in the nation and have solidified our leadership structure for what promises to be an exciting future."
Bright, who joins the department after spending 30-plus years at the University of Northern Iowa, will serve as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Administration. In that capacity, she will serve as the department's Chief Financial Officer and will oversee business services, human resources, equipment, sports camps and the athletic ticket office.
Harris, who played football for the University of Mississippi and worked previously at his alma mater and the University of Wisconsin, will serve as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student Services. Harris will serve as the sports administrator for the Cyclone football program and will be responsible for overseeing student-athlete services, compliance, athletic training, physical therapy and strength and conditioning.
"I'm very grateful for this opportunity to join an athletics department that I feel is on the cusp of spectacular achievement," Bright said. "As a life-long resident of this state, I've been able to observe the Iowa State Athletics Department for a number of years, and I am most grateful for the opportunity to join the Cyclone family. The opportunities I've received over the last 30-plus years at UNI have prepared me well for this assignment and I can't wait to get started. It seemed very obvious to me during my visit that positive things are happening in all areas of ISU Athletics, and it's an honor to have an opportunity to contribute to that momentum."
"I'm both humbled and excited to be joining an outstanding Senior Staff at Iowa State University," Harris said. "After my campus visit, there was no doubt in my mind that the pieces are in place to accomplish special things at Iowa State. From the support of President Geoffroy to the on-going construction of the Hixson-Lied Student Success Center, it's apparent that the commitments are being made to allow Cyclone student-athletes the opportunity to excel both in the classroom and on the field."
Bright's continual promotions over the last 30-plus years at UNI allowed her to be named Senior Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator in 2002. She was the No. 2 administrator for the Panthers and was responsible for supervising the business, ticket, marketing, compliance and media relations offices. Additionally, she had administrative responsibility for 18 Division I programs.
Her steady climb at Northern Iowa included stints as Associate A.D. for Business and Licensing (1998-2002), Athletic Business Manager (1985-98) and UNI-Dome Business Manager (1976-85) prior to her appointment as Senior Associate A.D.
Bright developed the department's plans for continued fiscal and operational support, was the senior administrative liaison for women's sports programs and negotiated numerous contracts for competitions, network broadcasts and facility usage. She had a key role in the planning and financing of the McLeod Center (set to open in the fall of 2006), coordinated post-season travel for several Panther teams, helped usher in a women's soccer program and coordinated the department's scholarship fundraising campaign. As Athletic Business Manager, she registered the institutional and athletic trademarks, which continue to provide substantial royalties.
In her various capacities, Bright has served as President of the College Athletic Business Managers Association (2001-02) and the Association of College Licensing Administrators (1999-2000). She was presented a 2002 Staff Excellence Award by the Board of Regents, was Manager of the Year by both CABMA and the Amateur Athletic Foundation in 2001 and earned a Gold Star Award from ACLA in 2001.
Bright earned a B.A. degree in business from the University of Northern Iowa in 1975. She and her husband (Dave) have two children.
Harris had been at the University of Wisconsin since 2002, serving in three different roles. A member of the school's Senior Staff since 2004, Harris most recently served as Associate Athletics Director for Student Services. In that role he was the department's chief academic officer responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating the overall academic services for 800 student-athletes. He also had oversight of the athletic compliance office.
Among his many accomplishments at UW-Madison, Harris improved the department's CHAMPS Life Skills program (which in 2005 received a national "Program of Excellence" designation), established the state of Wisconsin's first chapter of the Chi Alpha Sigma student-athlete honor society as well as a student-athlete career night and modernized the department's ability to monitor academic progress by creating an Academic Survey database.
Under Harris' leadership as the Director of Academic Services in 2003, Wisconsin student-athletes achieved a school-record graduation rate of 88 percent. That marked the first time in school history that the student-athlete rate exceeded the rate of the overall student body.
Prior to his tenure at Wisconsin, Harris was promoted three times at his alma mater, the University of Mississippi. He served as Regional Admissions Counselor / Coordinator of Minority Recruitment (1995-97), NCAA Certification Officer (1997-98) and Director of Academic Support (1998-2002).
Harris earned letters in football for three seasons at Ole Miss and was a member of Rebel squads which participated in the Liberty (1989 and 1992) and Gator (1991) Bowls. He was a three-time member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Honor Roll. Harris earned both B.B.A. (in 1993) and M.B.A. (in 1995) degrees from Mississippi.
He has participated in a number of NCAA-sponsored programs during his professional career, including the NCAA Leadership Institute for Ethnic Minority Males (2002, the inaugural class), NCAA Leadership Conferences (2001 and 2002), CHAMPS Continuing Education Conferences (2002 and 2006) and the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics Professional Development Institute (2005).
Harris and his, wife (Felicia) have a four-year-old daughter Kaitlyn.
Pollard also re-assigned several department reporting lines in the Athletics Department in relation to the recent departure of long-time ISU athletics administrator Bill Smith, who was named Director of Athletics at Bryant University earlier this month.
The other members of the Senior Staff and their areas of
• Dr. Calli Sanders (Senior Associate A.D. for Sports Administration and Senior Woman Administrator) - women's basketball, women's and men's track, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball and the Athletics Council
• Larry Quant (Senior Associate A.D. for Operations) - facilities and capital projects, event management and men's basketball, wrestling and women's and men's golf
• Steve Malchow (Senior Associate A.D. for Communications) - media relations, video services, web site services and technical services
• Frank Nogel (Senior Associate A.D. for External Relations) - development, marketing and promotions, Cyclone Sports Properties, Letterwinners' Club, spirit squad and licensing