Kim Graham has been named the new Director of Athletics at Shorter University. He will begin his duties at Shorter on June 1. Graham comes to Shorter from Division I Campbell University in North Carolina, where he has served as Senior Associate Athletics Director since November 2008. At Campbell, he supervised internal operations of the athletic department, served as the NCAA Athletics Certification Liaison, and was responsible for all scheduling. He was also sport administrator for soccer, softball, volleyball, strength and conditioning, and athletic training.
`Kim Graham emerged from a pool of well-qualified applicants as the ideal person to lead Shorter`s stellar program of intercollegiate athletics,` said Shorter University President Dr. Don Dowless. `The Milan, Ohio, native has more than two and a half decades of administrative experience at the Division I level and has taken part in six NCAA peer reviews, preparing him well for this new role at Shorter. Of equal importance, he has led athletic programs at institutions that share our Christ-centered mission and understands the importance of our work in transforming lives through Christ.`
`I would like to thank Dr. Dowless for the opportunity he is giving me to be part of his leadership team at Shorter University,` Graham said. `I look forward to being an athletics director again and leading the department. I am excited about the possibilities for greatness that await us in the coming years. I have enjoyed my time at Campbell University and have learned much working with Stan Williamson and Bob Roller.
`I want to thank God for leading me along the path that He has to get me and my family to Rome. We are anxious to get on campus and become part of Shorter University and to be involved in the community,` he added.
Graham was Director of Athletics at Liberty University from April 1997 to February 2005, coordinating and supervising the activities of the entire athletic department. He began his tenure in collegiate athletics at Liberty as Assistant Director of Athletics in 1990. He also served as Senior Associate Athletics Director at Division I Southeastern Louisiana University, supervising both internal and external departmental operations and leading the department`s fundraising marketing team.
Graham earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and the Master of Arts in Secondary Education from Georgetown College in Kentucky. At Georgetown, Graham was an NAIA All-American in football. He is a member in good standing of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, served as Campbell University`s 2009-2010 campus liaison for the NCAA Peer-Review Self-Study Committee, and was a 2007 NCAA Division I Regional Leadership Conference participant. He has been a member of the NCAA Championship/Competition Cabinet, a member of the NCAA I-AA Athletics Directors Association Executive Committee, and chairman of the Big South Conference Board of Administrators and the Big South Conference Football Committee. He served on six NCAA Peer Review teams between 1997 and 2005.
Graham was 2015 tournament director of the Big South Conference Softball Tournament, 2014 co-director of the NCAA Men`s College Cup, and 2013 co-director of the NCAA Women`s College Cup. He played an integral role in Campbell University`s transition from the Atlantic Sun Conference to the Big South Conference and was president of NCAA I-AA Athletics Directors Association in 2004-05. From 1997 to 2003, the Liberty University Department of Athletics won five out of six Big South Conference Sasser Cup Awards and the first two Big South Conference Men`s All Sports awards.
He and his wife, Andrea, have four children: Chad, Travis, Brie, and Cade.