Date of Graduation
Doctor of Education in Recreation and Sport Management (EdD)
Health, Human Performance and Recreation
Steve W. Dittmore
Michael T. Miller
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
There is increased information about the profile of current collegiate athletic directors as it relates to education, age, race, and gender. However, there is a gap in the knowledge of the career paths of the modern day Division I collegiate athletic director position compared to the athletic directors studied over 20 years ago. There is also a gap in the knowledge of the skills necessary to be an effective athletic director from the perspective of Division I athletic directors. The purpose of this study was to use the Perceptions of Division I Athletic Director Career Paths (PADCP) scale to determine their career paths. The goal was to not only understand the career paths of today’s athletic directors but to compare the experiences with those from the 1994 foundational study conducted by Fitzgerald et al. (1994). This research is beneficial to aspiring and entry-level collegiate athletics administrators because the landscape of college athletics has changed significantly over the past 20 years. It is important for them to know the common experiences and required skill sets in order to navigate their path to the top.
Wood, Eric A., "Perceptions of Division I Athletic Director Career Paths" (2016). Theses and Dissertations. 1860.