PLANO, Texas – Former Bowling Green State University Director of Athletics Chris Kingston will join Learfield next month as a company vice president, as announced today by Learfield Chief Revenue Officer Andy Rawlings.
Kingston will oversee certain collegiate relationships in the company’s South Region, with his primary focus on management of the Learfield teams at those respective campuses and serving as senior Learfield liaison to the athletic administrators. Kingston and his family will be relocating to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where he will office in Learfield’s Plano headquarters and report to Senior Vice President Andrew Wheeler.
“I am incredibly excited to join the Learfield team, and my family and I are thrilled about this new chapter,” said Kingston. “Life prepares us for our opportunities, and it is critical to recognize them when they happen. I would like to thank the Learfield senior leadership team for believing in my ability to contribute in a meaningful way. Andrew has done a terrific job building the South Region, and I look forward to serving under his leadership.”
Kingston, a seasoned collegiate athletic administrator, joined BGSU in June 2013. Prior to that, he served more than two years with NC State. His initial position was senior associate director of athletics before being elevated to executive senior associate director of athletics. Before Wolfpack Athletics, Kingston served four years as the associate director of athletics for operations at the U.S. Military Academy. His earlier role with the institution was serving as special assistant to the director of athletics/director of annual giving.
“There’s no question we’re pleased to have Chris on our team,” said Rawlings. “Not only has he been a good friend and trusted partner of ours for years, we can already attest to his character and integrity, and know he is highly regarded among his peers.”
Rawlings added, “As our company and the collegiate landscape continue to evolve, we remain committed to our desire to meet and exceed the needs of our partners. We believe that Chris will play an integral role as we strive to always be listening to our partners and being attentive to their needs.”
An industry leader for more than four decades, Learfield has a deep presence in the college athletics landscape nationwide. It manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for more than 120 collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas, and supports athletic departments at all competitive levels as title sponsor of the prestigious Learfield Directors’ Cup. Learfield also provides its collegiate partners access to professional concessions and ticket sales; licensing and trademark consulting; digital platform expertise; and venue and technology systems through its affiliated companies. In February, the collegiate marketer also acquired social media agency Think Social. For more about Learfield’s history, businesses and career opportunities, visit www.learfieldsports.com.