Campus Message 07.18.17

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

I am pleased to announce that I have named Garrett Klassy UIC Director of Athletics designate, pending final approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

Garrett has more than 21 years of intercollegiate athletics experience, including recent leadership positions at George Washington University, the University of Oregon, the University of Alabama, and Tulane University.

Garrett currently serves as senior associate athletics director for external relations at George Washington University, an NCAA Division 1 program with 27 teams and 95 team championships in 15 different sports. He joined the program in 2013 and is responsible for development, corporate sponsorships, sports marketing, ticket sales and communications. He also has sport administration management responsibilities for men’s basketball, baseball, women’s gymnastics and men’s soccer. His leadership and success in fund raising has led to the two largest donations in GW Athletics.

Before joining GW, Garrett served at the University of Oregon from 2005 to 2013. He led the operations and staff of the Duck Athletic Fund, ticket office and sales departments and was part of the management team that raised more than $140 million for Oregon Athletics Legacy Fund. Earlier in his tenure at Oregon, he oversaw ticket sales and operations of the athletic ticket office and managed donor/customer relations.

Prior to Oregon, Garrett was assistant director of ticket operations at the University of Alabama from 2001 to 2005, and director of ticket operations at Tulane University from 2000 to 2001. He also held positions at the Louisiana Superdome and New Orleans Arena.

I am confident that Garrett is the right person to lead the Flames into a new era. He has the passion and experience to help us achieve competitive excellence and continue to enhance the academic success and overall experience for our student-athletes.

I want to thank the search committee, chaired by Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs J. Rex Tolliver, for their efficient and successful work in this important search.

I hope you will join me in welcoming Garrett, who begins at UIC on Aug. 15.

Sincerely,

Michael D. Amiridis
Chancellor