United State Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich has announced the appointment of Gid Rowell as the Academy’s new Director of Communications.

Rowell joins the Academy with 16 years of experience in higher education, working in intercollegiate athletics, advancement and communications at Clayton State University in Morrow, GA and Gordon College in Barnesville, GA, both in the University System of Georgia.

In addition to his position as Director of Communications, he will also handle alumni affairs duties for the Academy.

“I am extremely excited about the chance to join the team at the Academy, and I thank Dr. Rosandich for this wonderful opportunity,” said Rowell. “With my experience of working in athletics, alumni relations and communications, I feel this is a great opportunity for me utilize my experience at the premier sport-specific institution in the country.”

For the past 14 years, Rowell worked at Clayton State and most recently served as the Assistant Athletic Director for External Relations at the NCAA Division II school that competes out of the Peach Belt Conference. His job responsibilities at Clayton State included work in communications, website maintenance, social media, photography, webcasting, external fundraising, corporate sponsor development, game day management and operations and event planning.

He also served as the school’s first Director of Alumni Relations, working in that role from 2006-12 and served as the school’s Sports Information Director from 2000-06. In 2010, he was honored as Clayton State’s top staff person, receiving the Alice J. Smith Award.

Prior to working at Clayton State, he served as the Director of Communications at Gordon College, a two-year college in Georgia, and also worked as the Sports Editor of Mainstreet Newspapers, in Jefferson, GA.

A native of Bremen, GA, Rowell holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of West Georgia, along with a master’s degree in Public Administration from West Georgia. He also has completed the course work for his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama and working to complete his dissertation. The topic of his dissertation is the impact of intercollegiate athletics on developing prosocial behaviors among alumni.

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, 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 www.ussa.edu.