Alumnus Dr. Thomas J. Rosandich Named President and CEO of United States Sports Academy

By January 4, 2016News & Events

Daphne, Ala. — The United States Sports Academy has named alumnus, faculty member and long-time senior administrator Dr. T.J. Rosandich as the institution’s second president and chief executive officer.

The Academy Board of Trustees made the appointment at its annual meeting in November, following the resignation of the Academy’s founding president, Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, who was named President Emeritus after 43 years of service. He will continue with the Academy engaged in fundraising, alumni affairs, the Awards of Sport program and international relations.

Rosandich, who had most recently served as vice president and chief operating officer, has served the Academy for more than 34 years as a faculty member and in numerous leadership positions. In addition to 13 years as vice president and chief operating officer, he has served as vice president and chief academic officer, vice president for development, vice president for international development, and dean of administration and finance. The new president is the son of the founding president and has been involved with the institution in some capacity throughout most of his life.

“It is almost a cliché, but my first time full-time position with the Academy was in the mailroom,” said Rosandich. “Over the years, there has been virtually no job that I have not done within the walls of the institution. I found it extremely gratifying that the Board of Trustees recognized my contributions to the Academy over the years and appointed me to lead the institution forward as we head into our ten year Reaffirmation of Accreditation.”

Based in Daphne, Ala., the United States Sports Academy, known around the world as “America’s Sports University” is the only regionally accredited, free-standing sports university in the United States offering degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. With an annual enrollment of approximately 900 students enrolled in the Academy’s degree programs, and nearly 5,000 graduates, it is one of the nation’s largest sports education programs.

Rosandich holds two degrees from the Academy: the Master of Sport Science in Sports Management (1989) and the Doctor of Education in Sports Management (1999). He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration at Columbia Pacific University in 1988. Rosandich was named the Academy’s 1994 Alumnus of the Year for his contributions to the institution primarily through his work on behalf of the Academy in its international projects. The Academy’s Board of Trustees also voted to confer on him the institution’s Distinguished Service Award in 2015 in recognition of his contribution to both the Academy and sports profession through more than 34 years of work here and abroad.

While Rosandich’s first regular position at the Academy was as a purchasing coordinator in 1982, he had been involved with Academy for many years prior dating to as early as 1976 when he led a study tour to the Montreal Summer Olympic Games. Moving from the role in purchasing, Rosandich was assigned to a wholly owned Academy subsidiary, the American Institute for Sport Design (AISD). Through his work at AISD, Rosandich developed a fascination with sports facilities that culminated in the topic for his doctoral dissertation and a contribution to a textbook on the topic. He has been a participant in 18 major sport development projects as a consultant for a number of sports organizations, both domestic and international. These have ranged from the assessment of complete national programs to the planning and design review of sport facilities institutions for educational institutions.

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From left to right, Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba, the Academy’s 2004 Sport Artist of the Year Sergey Eylanbekov, and Dr. T.J. Rosandich present a multi-dimensional acrylic sculpture to legendary soccer player Pelé during the 2012 dedication of the Friendship Stadium in Libreville, Gabon. Rosandich was in Gabon conducting a legacy study for the government on how to best use the stadium to enhance the nation’s future sports opportunities, a project representative of the numerous sports facilities planning and development initiatives in which he has been involved around the world.

Rosandich has played a key role in the Academy’s ongoing numerous international collaborations and partnerships around the world. He spent nine years in Saudi Arabia where he served as the general manager of Saudi American Sports, a sport services company in which the Academy had an ownership interest and that employed 120 coaches on contract to serve a variety of clients in the Kingdom. Rosandich also served in other roles during his stay in the Middle East including the development of sports programs in the Arabian Gulf region and as the Advisor to the President of the General Organization for Youth and Sports in the Kingdom of Bahrain. He has authored 11 published papers and presented some 45 times to a wide array of conferences and organizations. These presentations have been as varied as educational accreditation, youth development and, of course, sports. His expertise in the sports realm is reflected in presentations that have included sports marketing, facilities, technology and sports management in 18 countries including Bahrain, Brazil, Botswana, China, Egypt, Gabon, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Malaysia, Monaco, Panama, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago and the United States.

With the rank of professor at the Academy, he has served as a member of the faculty at all three degree levels in a wide array of sports management courses including sports facility design; the operation and maintenance of sports facilities; sports marketing, public relations and promotions; sport finance; Olympism; international sport relations; sport sociology; and computer technology applications for sports management.

Rosandich is a veteran, having served four years in the Army, including a tour with the 101st Airborne as a paratrooper. He was also very much involved with the U.S. Army’s early efforts in diversity training having served for two years as a race relations and equal opportunity instructor while stationed in Germany.

He is also involved in sport, civic and social organizations including serving on the steering committee for the development of the Mobile Bay (Alabama) Sports Authority; the Commission on Sport Management and Administration of the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance (ICHPER-SD); the International Sport for All Federation (FISpT); Fédération Internationale Cinéma Télévision Sportifs (FICTS) Commission for Culture, Education and Youth, the Education Committee of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA); U.S. Distance Learning Association (USDLA), Baldwin (County) United and Mobile United. He also served a member of the organizing committee for the World Leisure Congress held in Mobile in September 2014.

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, regionally accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit