On July 1, Curtis Campbell assumed his new role as Tuskegee University’s new athletic director. An experienced athletic administrator, Campbell has 14 years of service in intercollegiate athletics, and previously served as athletic director for six years at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
While at Stillman, he oversaw several major athletic projects. In 2009, Campbell was instrumental in the opening of the Stillman College Tennis Facility. During his tenure, there were extensive renovations to Birthright Alumni Hall, home of the basketball and volleyball programs. As an administrator, he also worked to increase operational and scholarship funds for each of Stillman’s 12 sports.
During his time, Stillman posted a number of first-time events in competition: the school’s first NCAA national outdoor track and field champion; the department’s first SIAC tennis titles; the men’s basketball team reached the South Region final—the best an SIAC school had accomplished in recent history; and the baseball team won its first game in NCAA region play and reached the South Region final for the first time in program history.
Campbell also upgraded the attention to student-athlete welfare at Stillman. He organized the department’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee and initiated the development of the school’s chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He also initiated a successful academic enrichment program, “Grades First,” that was a requirement for the maintenance of athletic eligibility. As a result, 10 student athletes graduated with honors at the 2013 commencement service. Under his leadership, two of the last three valedictorians at the college were student-athletes.
Prior to his position at Stillman, Campbell served for two years as athletic director at Division III Blackburn College in Carlinville, Ill. At Blackburn, Campbell completely renovated the weight room and improved the operation of the sports information office. During his tenure, Blackburn also successfully hosted the 2006 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) men’s basketball tournament and the 2006 SLIAC sportsmanship summit. He also worked to improve athletic-academic relations at Blackburn while streamlining the efficiency of the athletic department.
Campbell has extensive experience with Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schools. He also worked at Kentucky State University for four years, where he served as assistant athletic director for compliance and later served as interim athletic director. While at KSU, he also monitored athletic scholarships, assisted with game-day operations, coordinated tickets and ticket sales, and assisted with the management and development of the athletic budget.
Prior to his time at KSU, Campbell served as coordinator of student-athlete development at the University of Minnesota, where he assisted in the development and implementation of a comprehensive CHAMPS Life Skills Program for 700 student-athletes. He also coordinated the community service program for student-athletes.
In addition to his administrative background, Campbell has teaching experience and served on numerous committees including being chair of the SIAC football and baseball committees and a member of the Division II/NCAA bylaws/legislation committee. He is a 1990 graduate of Longwood University and holds a Bachelor of Science in social work. In 1999, he earned a master’s degree in student affairs administration from Radford University.