College of Health and Human Performance

College Welcomes Inaugural Chair in Sport Management

The Department of Sport Management in the College of Health & Human Performance welcomes inaugural chair George Cunningham, Ph.D.

George Cunningham

March 15, 2022

This summer, George Cunningham, Ph.D., will join the College of Health & Human Performance at the University of Florida as the inaugural chair for the Department of Sport Management.

Dr. Cunningham joins UF from the College of Education & Human Development at Texas A&M University where he is professor and senior associate dean of the Graduate and Professional School. He also serves as the director of the Center for Sport Management Research and Education, as well as the Laboratory for Diversity in Sport. In addition, Cunningham holds a faculty affiliate appointment in the Women's and Gender Studies Program.

“Dr. Cunningham’s arrival marks a transformational change for the newly formed Department of Sport Management,” said Michael Reid, Ph.D., dean. “Dr. Cunningham will bring leadership and a depth of research focused on inclusion, diversity, equity and access, a core initiative of our college and university. We’re excited to have him join a faculty that is advancing the science of sport.”

Dr. Cunningham’s research has been published in more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and he has authored or co-edited two award-winning books: “Diversity in Sport Organizations” and the “Routledge Handbook of Theory in Sport Management.” Also, Dr. Cunningham has served as president of the North American Society for Sport Management on two separate occasions.

”I am thrilled to join the Sport Management Department and College of Health and Human Performance," said Cunningham. "With exceptional faculty, staff, and students, this strong department is well positioned to reach new levels of excellence and impact.”

The search was chaired by Elisabeth Barton, Ph.D., associate dean, faculty and staff affairs.

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