Christopher worked in various roles within Purdue's athletics department for nearly ten years before being hired as Bowling Green's athletics director in 2006. Purdue's Associate AD for External Relations, Christopher was accountable for external and revenue-related areas for Purdue's $50 million department. In his role, he oversaw several areas, including development, marketing, promotions and advertising, athletic licensing and sports information.
While at Bowling Green State Univ. he has led the program to high levels of success. In just four years under Christopher Bowling Green has won a MAC division title in football while appearing in two bowl games, a MAC title in men's basketball, four-straight MAC titles in women's basketball (including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2007), and back-to-back MAC titles in baseball.
He's also made strong hires in football (Dave Clawson) and basketball (Louis Orr) in his short time at the school. Christopher, who is just 42 years old, has a solid resume with experience as a sitting athletics director.
You have to believe Woodson and Christopher have crossed paths during their time together a Purdue. With Woodson playing a huge role in NC State's search for a new athletics director, it seems that Christopher would be an ideal candidate.
Pack Pride reached out to Christopher this week to confirm that he had been contacted regarding NC State's vacant AD position. Christopher didn't confirm or deny that he had been contacted, but indicated via email that he would not be interviewing for the position.
"James, I saw that my name was linked because Randy and I were at Purdue at the same time," wrote Christopher. "But I am not interviewing."
While Christopher maintains that he is not interviewing for the job, it will be interesting to see if that changes given Woodson is reportedly now becoming even more involved with the search.