Savannah State University (SSU) Interim President Cheryl D. Dozier, DSW, named Sterling Steward, Jr. director of Intercollegiate Athletics effective immediately.
Steward will be responsible for all matters related to managing Savannah State’s NCAA Division I sport teams for men and women including budgeting; compliance with university, University System of Georgia (USG) and NCAA policies and rules; and fundraising for programmatic needs.
“Mr. Steward brings to Savannah State’s athletic program a wealth of knowledge in rules compliance and education, as well as extensive experience in athletic program management, event promotions and publicity, fundraising, facility management and fiscal affairs,” Dozier said. “I have every confidence in his ability to lead Savannah State to new heights that will make us all proud.”
Steward comes to Savannah State from Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Miss., where he had served as senior consultant for Athletics Administration since April. Prior to that, he was interim athletic director/ associate athletic director for Compliance at Alabama State University (ASU) in Montgomery, Ala., from September 2009 to June 2010. At ASU, Steward was a member of the President’s Senior Council Staff and supervised 18 head coaches and other departmental employees with an $8.7 million dollar annual budget. Prior to working at ASU, Steward held a number of positions at Kentucky State University (KSU) in Frankfort, Ky., over a fouryear period including assistant athletic director/compliance coordinator, interim athletic director/compliance coordinator and assistant athletic director for administration/ compliance coordinator.
“This is an exciting time to be at Savannah State with the many changes that are taking place and I’m honored to accept the leadership responsibility,” Steward said. “Dr. Dozier has given her solid commitment to athletics, which is a passion of mine, and I look forward to working with her, the senior staff, students and constituents to propel SSU athletics.”
A native of New Orleans, Steward attended the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss., where he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 1993 and 1996, respectively, in human performance and recreation.
A new member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Savannah State competes at the NCAA Division I level in all sports.