After a year-long nationwide candidate search, Dr. Steve Condon, a longtime chancellor, university president, collegiate athletics director, coach, professor, and higher education leader, has been selected as the third President and CEO at the United States Sports Academy.
Condon has more than four decades of service to higher education institutions and a wealth of experience dedicated to academic and administrative change management through a student-centered philosophy. He most recently served as the Chancellor of Carolina University in Winston Salem, N.C., since 2018. At his previous stops, Condon has demonstrated proven results in fundraising, enrollment, accreditation leadership, and academic program expertise in both online and hybrid programs.
“The United States Sports Academy stands alone in the field of sports and higher education,” Condon said. “The Academy has great potential to expand its current reach and I think it is poised and ready to tackle a multitude of challenges across the higher education landscape. The Academy offers a great product and its nine degree programs are something that people want and need. I think we have the potential for major growth and I can’t wait to get started.”
He succeeds Dr. T.J. Rosandich, who served as Academy President and CEO for the last seven years and will retire at the end of this year. In late 2021, Rosandich informed the Academy’s Board of Trustees of his intention to retire. Following that announcement, the Board launched a nationwide search for his replacement.
“The Academy has great history and has built a real, lasting legacy here and in the sport and higher education worlds,” Condon said. “We have a beautiful, unique campus situated in one of fastest growing areas in the country. We have so many great pieces in place and I will bring some additional tools we can use to do some exciting things. I’m looking forward to being part of the family – that’s what a place like the Academy is. I want to build upon the culture at the Academy through integrity, honor, and a strong work ethic and I look forward to working with people who are also excited about the opportunity to work.”
Condon earned his Ph.D. in education from the University of Mississippi and did post-doctoral study work in educational management at Harvard University. He also holds an education specialist degree from the University of Alabama, a master’s degree in curriculum design and development from Florida State University and a bachelor’s degree in education from Boston State College.
Over the years, he has served various academic and administrative roles at prestigious Christian universities. Condon has served as the Vice President of Huntington College, St. Thomas University, Reinhardt University, and LeTourneau University.
In addition to his academic work, Condon was also a highly successful coach and athletic director at several of his previous positions. In 2014, he was elected into the NCAA Coaches Hall of Fame for his work coaching golf at Huntington College and was also selected as the National Coach of the Year five times. Condon spent many years coaching golf, winning four national titles and a world silver medal in 1986 and gold medal in 1988. He has also been elected NACDA Administrator of the Year twice.
Condon is married to Becky Allen Condon, a professional librarian, and together they have two grown children: Curtis Condon, an Atlanta businessman, and Alexis Armstrong, Global Director of Human Resources for Marken.
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited sports university created to serve the nation and the 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 using modern technologies and traditional teaching methodologies.
The Academy is based in Daphne, Ala. For more information, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.