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In his role at OSU, Gene Smith is widely recognized among the leaders of his profession and has been named “one of the most powerful people in collegiate sports.” Smith oversees the nation’s most comprehensive and one of its most successful collegiate athletic programs, with 36 fully-funded varsity sports and more than 1,000 student-athletes competing for Big Ten Conference and NCAA championships. Additionally, Smith oversees responsibility for the Business Advancement division of Ohio State which includes: Schottenstein Center, Nationwide Arena, Blackwell Hotel, Drake Union, Fawcett Center, and Trademark & Licensing.
As a highly-recruited student-athlete (and as a member of national championship teams as a college athlete and coach), Smith is passionate about the well-being of student-athletes and the championship experience. Under Smith’s leadership, the Ohio State athletics department has thrived, winning a myriad of conference and national, individual and team, athletic championships and awards. In 2015, Forbes recognized the Ohio State Athletics Department as one of the ten best organizations to work for in sports.
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