GVSU AD Tim Selgo Set To Retire In 2016

GVSU AD Tim Selgo Set To Retire In 2016
Courtesy of Tim Nott, Grand Valley State University Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations

ALLENDALE, Mich. -- Tim W. Selgo, who is set to enter his 20th year as athletic director at Grand Valley State, announced today that the the 2015-16 academic year will be his last at GVSU. Selgo was appointed athletic director on February 12, 1996 and put his own stamp of leadership on Laker athletics.

A promoter of a well-rounded athletic department, Selgo has been a key figure in the Lakers' rise to the top of Division II athletics. Grand Valley State has finished among the top two in the Learfield Sports/NACDA Directors' Cup standings for 14 consecutive years, including 10 titles (2004-11 and 2014-15). The prestigious award is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Learfield Sports and the USA TODAY to the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country. While GVSU has been dominant nationally, the Lakers have also been a pillar of strength regionally and in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, having won 17 straight GLIAC Presidents' Cup titles as the top athletic program in the 16-team GLIAC. The Lakers' 22 all-time Presidents' Cup titles top all GLIAC institutions. Grand Valley State, which won 45 GLIAC titles in the 24 years prior to Selgo's arrival, has won 161 GLIAC titles in his 19 years as the GVSU Athletic Director. The Lakers have also captured 18 NCAA DII National Championships and 74 regional championships during his time at Grand Valley State.

Selgo Statement:
After 35 years in college athletics, 28 years in athletics administration and 20 years as Director of Athletics at Grand Valley State University, I have decided that this will be my last year as Athletics Director at GVSU.  I am announcing this at this time in order to give the institution as much time as possible to find my successor.  When we conduct searches for coaches, there is a high degree of a sense of urgency as our sports teams need leadership and/or getting a new coach on the recruiting trail as soon as possible is a must.  By announcing this now, it allows my direct supervisor, Vice President Jim Bachmeier and President Haas, not to rush through a search.  This will give them plenty of time to find my successor.  My intent is to do everything I can to make the transition to the next leader of GVSU Athletics as seamless and successful as possible.

The past 20 years have been a wonderful professional experience, more than any one individual could hope for.  I have had the privilege of working at a great university with very talented and hard-working people who care about students.  That combination leads to success and this university is certainly one of the greatest success stories in the history of higher education in this country.  It has been my intent, through the intercollegiate athletics program, to help GVSU accomplish its mission, which is to "educate our students to shape their lives, their professions and their societies."  

There will be time for reflection later in the year and for me to thank the many, many people throughout GVSU and beyond that have played a part in our success and that I have enjoyed working with.  For the next 11 months however, I must stay focused on the process.  I am honored and humbled to serve this year as the President of NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics).  To serve as president of the organization that serves college athletic directors of all levels; two-year schools, NAIA schools, as well as NCAA DIII, DII, and DI schools, is an honor and a privilege.  I am especially humbled that over the 50 year history of NACDA, I am the only DII A.D. to serve in this capacity and I intend to represent all athletic directors of all levels in my year of service to the best of my ability.

Likewise, I remain committed to doing my very best through the 2015-16 year for Laker Athletics.  My efforts over the next 11 months will be to lead GVSU Athletics to the best of my abilities in accomplishing our three fundamentals of success, which are:
1.)  Create the best learning environment possible
2.)  Challenge our teams to competitive greatness
3.)  Commit the energy necessary for success

I look forward to another exciting year for Laker Athletics.  Anchor Up!

A well respected leader in college athletics, Selgo will spend the 2015-16 year as the President of NACDA. He previously served as the Chair of the NCAA Management Council (2012), the top post in Division II athletics, following his four year stint on the NCAA DII Management Council (2007-11). Selgo has also been named the NACDA Division II AD of the Year three times (2003, 2007, 2013).

"Tim's leadership as Grand Valley State University's Athletic Director is evident in the myriad of accomplishments made by our student-athletes and our teams over these past two decades," said Grand Valley State President Thomas J. Haas. "Ten Directors' Cup titles during his time is the ultimate testimony.  His leadership has also been exercised in NCAA Division II and during his time in NACDA.  It is said that achievements start at the top and this is the case with Tim.  He is the best Athletic Director in the nation and completes his tenure at GVSU on top, where he should be.  I will miss his passion for student-athletes and how he was able to create the environment for success through hiring great coaches, creating the sports complex, and most importantly stressing and achieving student success in the classroom," added Haas.

Selgo has been a key figure in the development and enhancement of the athletic facilities and programs at Grand Valley State. Lubbers Stadium was renovated in 2011, adding seats to increase capacity to 10,444, as well as installing a new fieldturf artificial surface. An outdoor track & field/lacrosse stadium was also opened in the fall of 2011, while the Kelly Family Sports Center, which opened for all university activities in 2008 was spearheaded by Selgo. The Laker softball team began play on its new field in 2008 and the Laker baseball field added stadium seating behind home plate in 2010. The GVSU Football Center, located in the north end zone of Lubbers Stadium, has been expanded by more than 4,000 feet since Selgo's arrival, while lights were installed at Lubbers Stadium and the Rob Odejewski Weight Room was built in honor of the late assistant athletic director for marketing and promotions. Selgo also organized projects that enabled every varsity sport at Grand Valley State to have its own locker room. 
A native of Pettisville, Ohio, Selgo was inducted into the Toledo Athletic Hall of Fame in February of 2001 and will be inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame in the fall of 2015.