The Sport Management program recently welcomed two new faculty members.
Dr. Jim Reese
Prior to arriving at Drexel University, Dr. Reese served as an associate professor and graduate director for the Sport Management Department at Liberty University from 2010 to 2012, and in the Sport Management department at The State University of New York (SUNY)—Cortland, located in central New York, from 2006 to 2010. The SUNY Cortland graduate program began with 13 students and one degree option. In less than four years, it grew to include almost 150 students and four M.S. program options, including a full-time residential program, a full-time residential international program, a part-time online program, and a full-time dual diploma option with London Metropolitan University. In 2008, Sport Management students selected Dr. Reese as the recipient of the SUNY Cortland Sport Management Department Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2009, Dr. Reese was selected to be part of the leadership team that negotiated and helped secure the New York Jets training camp at SUNY Cortland.
Dr. Reese was also a member of the Division of Sports Administration at Ohio University and coordinated the undergraduate Sport Management program. Under his leadership, the Sport Management program established a partnership with the Sales Centre in the College of Business to create a Sport Management-specific Sales Certificate program, at the time, one of the few programs of its kind in the nation. Dr. Reese was instrumental in the creation of a corporate ticketing partnership with TicketReturn, a ticketing software company prominent in college athletics and Minor League Baseball.
Dr. Reese served as vice president of IFSA/USA (International Federation of Strength Athletes), and worked as a sponsorship consultant for Curb-Agajanian Performance Group, a NASCAR Nationwide Series and Craftsman Truck Series race team. Dr. Reese was a ticketing administrator with the Denver Broncos Football Club from 1996-99; he was involved in the ticket planning and execution of Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII and earned two Super Bowl rings. While in an intercollegiate environment, he worked as an assistant tennis coach and facility management assistant in the athletics departments at Georgia Southern University (1994-96) and the University of Northern Colorado (1996-98).
Dr. Reese earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Business/Economics; a Master of Science degree from Georgia Southern University in Sport Management; and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Sport Administration.
Dr. Karen Weaver
Prior to joining the Sport Management program as a full-time faculty member, Dr. Weaver was the Athletic Director at Penn State Abington. During her tenure, Penn State Abington underwent a dramatic re-birth as a member of the North Eastern Athletic Conference, the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference, and a provisional member of the NCAA in Division III. Under Dr. Weaver, Penn State Abington’s Athletics program added six teams, eight head coaches, and more than 100 athletic opportunities for student athletes in just three years. Realizing the campus needed updated facilities for the teams to compete, PSU Abington’s leadership team embarked on an ambitious timetable of improving indoor and outdoor facilities to benefit the student athletes and the local community. In addition to updating the recreational and fitness facilities with state of the art equipment, Penn State Abington invested $5 million in nearby outdoor fields as part of a partnership with Abington School District. Dr. Weaver also sat on the NEAC Conference management team, served as the Conference Senior Woman Administrator and Vice President, and served on Abington’s Campus Strategic Plan committee, the campus Multi-Cultural Committee, and co-chairs the campus “No Place for Hate” Committee.
Dr. Weaver is nationally recognized as an expert in broadcast rights, media and branding strategies, and social media. She has spoken about collegiate broadcast media rights and the Big Ten Network both nationally and internationally, including the University of the Sorbonne in Paris, at the NCAA Convention, and at collegiate sport conferences around the United States.
Dr. Weaver has been quoted, published and interviewed by some of the leading news outlets in the world, including BBC, USA Today, and the New York Times. Her Twitter feed (@collegeathlete) has been recognized as one of the Top 100 for College Sports Fanatics to follow. She is a sought-after speaker for athletic recruiting events, academic conferences and graduate sport management classes. She is also a color analyst for the Big Ten Network.
Dr. Weaver provided department-wide leadership as an Associate Athletics Director at the University of Minnesota, a program that supports 750 student athletes, 25 varsity sports and 215 full-time employees. For several years she was Chief Financial Officer, overseeing an $11.8 million budget. She also oversaw six sports, four of which were Big Ten Conference Champions. She has also been an athletics director at two other institutions.
Additionally, Dr. Weaver spent 16 years as a collegiate head field hockey coach, with 10 of those years as a coach in NCAA Division I.
Dr. Weaver earned a B.S. from Lock Haven University in physical education/biological sciences; an M.S. from Purdue University in sports sociology/administration; and an Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.