Dr. Harvey W. Schiller, who has distinguished himself as an Olympic leader and sport entrepreneur during his more than 30-year career in sports, has earned an Honorary Doctorate from the United States Sports Academy.
Schiller has enjoyed an interesting career to say the least, ranging from being one of the executives in charge of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) to serving as the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). He has even worked in sports media, serving as vice president, sports programming for Turner Broadcasting System and chairman and CEO of YankeeNets, an integrated sports-based media company with ownership of the New York Yankees, New Jersey Nets, and New Jersey Devils and the precursor to the highly successful YES network.
Schiller, who recently served as President of the International Baseball Federation, is now chairman and CEO of GlobalOptions Group, a multidisciplinary international risk management and business solutions company. In addition, Schiller is chairman of Schiller Management Group and a vice chairman with the Diversified Search Odgers Berndtson executive search firm.
But Schiller is perhaps best known for his involvement in the Olympics. During his four year tenure between 1990 and 1994 as the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) executive director and secretary general, he was instrumental in improving the organization’s financial health. He also helped win the Olympic Games for Atlanta in 1996 and Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2002. Schiller later served on the Executive Board of the 2012 New York City Olympic bid. He also served as a consultant to the 1984 Los Angeles Games as the boxing competition director.
His involvement with the Olympics dates back to 1980 when he served as a U.S. Department of State advisor in Nairobi, Kenya, overseeing an alternate competition for those countries not participating in the Moscow Games. For all of his efforts, Schiller was awarded in 1994 the prestigious Olympic Order, the highest decorated honor presented to an individual by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Schiller, often recognized in The Sporting News “100 Most Powerful People In Sports,” earned his bachelor’s degree from The Citadel and is a member of their Athletic Hall of Fame, Business Hall of Fame, and a recent recipient of their prestigious Palmetto Award. He also earned his master’s degree and doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Michigan.
He enjoyed a successful 24-year career as a command pilot in the U.S. Air Force, serving in Vietnam and attaining the rank of Brigadier General. In 1980, the President of the United States appointed Schiller as a Permanent Professor and department chairman at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is a recipient of several military awards including the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medals, Meritorious Service and others.
In addition, Schiller is active in a variety of national organizations and corporate boards. He served as vice chair of the New York City Host Committee of the 2004 Republican National Convention and as member of the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. He is a board member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the newly formed Air Force Academy Athletic Corporation, Mesa Air Group, the Competitor Group, the Guidepost Solutions Advisory Group, Major League Baseball Classic, the IOC Commission on Women and Sport, and co-chair of the New York City public Business of Sport School.