“John did an outstanding job at elevating the athletics program during his time at K-State. Under his leadership, Wildcat Athletics significantly enhanced facilities, won conference championships, set records for private giving and helped positively brand Kansas State.”

Kirk Schulz, President, Washington State University; former President, Kansas State 2009-2016

 

“John very quickly created an atmosphere of trust, open communication and transparency among the coaches that we all really appreciated. He truly supported each and every student-athlete, male and female, and his constant presence at our games meant so much to our players.”

Karen Weekly, Co-Head Coach, University of Tennessee Softball

 

“I was a young and upcoming coach when John Currie took a chance and hired me. Since then he has been guiding me through my career and I consider him one of my mentors. As my Athletic Director, John was tough, but fair. When I needed encouragement he knew the right words to say, and at the same time, when I needed to be pushed he was there to push me. I still remember his guiding words and advice to me as a young coach and try to act on it to this day. Even after we both went our separate ways to new chapters in our career, John kept in touch and made sure I am still on the right path as a young professional. I will always admire John’s energy and ambition, high integrity, and most of all his leadership and kindness.”

Danielle Steinberg, University of Colorado Boulder Women’s Tennis Coach

 

“I enjoyed my time working with John. One thing I really appreciate about him is the emphasis he placed on enhancing the student-athlete experience and ensuring that our young men and women had positive, transformative experiences. He also did a great job fostering relationships across campus and making it clear that the entire campus community played a major role in the success of the athletic department. I really appreciated the way he supported our program, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with him and build a friendship with Mary Lawrence and him.”

Rick Barnes, University of Tennessee Head Men’s Basketball Coach

 

“K-State experienced a great deal of growth and success under John’s leadership. He cared deeply about our student-athletes and always provided our coaches the resources to be successful at the highest level.”

Suzie Fritz, K-State Volleyball Coach

 

“John did many great things for K-State as well as me personally. He was a great leader for the university and mentor for student-athletes. Even after I graduated he has contributed to my personal growth. I will always consider John a mentor and friend.”

Rodney McGruder, former K-State student-athlete and current Miami Heat Guard

 

“John Currie was the first executive-in-residence for the Sport Management Program at Robert Morris University. I’ve known John since he was the athletic director at Kansas State University. He is a highly engaged athletics leader who made a tremendous impression on the entire campus community. Learning from someone with his achievements and experience was invaluable to our students and to my leadership team.”

Chris Howard, President, Robert Morris University; Member, College Football Playoff Selection Committee

 

“John worked incredibly hard on improving the well-being of K-State student-athletes. He always had a word of wisdom that helped us better ourselves and plan for our future.”

Collin Klein, K-State Football Quarterbacks Coach and 2012 Heisman Trophy finalist

 

“I deeply appreciate John Currie’s dedication to the enhancement of the student-athlete experience and his long-standing commitment to the advancement of women and minorities.”

Danielle M. Donehew, Executive Director, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association

 

“Our athletics program became one of the most financially solvent in the country during John’s tenure. He initiated $210 million in comprehensive facility improvements – all privately funded with no state tax or university tuition dollars.”

General Richard Myers, President of Kansas State and former Chairman U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff

 

“While I was a student-athlete, John consistently made himself available to me and others and was laser focused on doing whatever he could to improve the student-athlete experience. John is a guy that gets it.”

Chris Merriewether, Guard, 2010 K-State Elite Eight basketball team and Wharton School of Business MBA, Class of 2018; Exeter Property Group

 

“I have known John for years both as a man of great integrity and as a highly respected, innovative leader in intercollegiate athletics. His success and accomplishments speak for themselves. I am honored to have had the opportunity to add John to our esteemed Columbia faculty. John’s performance in the classroom was, quite simply, remarkable. His unique ability to take his leadership skills and deep understanding of all the issues surrounding intercollegiate athletics and teach it in an Ivy League setting was unparalleled. He delivered a true Ivy League experience in the classroom.”

Scott Rosner, Academic Director and Professor or Professional Sports Management Program, Columbia University

 

“John is the best of the best. I have watched him since he was at Kansas State and I am so proud of what he built there from the facilities to the excellent staff.”

DeLoss Dodds, former University of Texas Men’s Athletic Director

 

“John is a strategic and progressive thinker who brings an enormous amount of energy to his work.  John is a talented and insightful leader who is consistently positive in his pursuit of excellence. I believe John is unique in his appetite for innovation and in his belief in constant improvement.”

Bob Bowlsby, Commissioner of Big 12 Conference

 

“I had the pleasure of working with John Currie for six years at K-State.  Obviously, John has a reputation of being an amazing fundraiser.  His fundraising efforts gave our program and our Athletic Department an opportunity to be successful by providing funds to build first-class facilities; giving our student-athletes the support they needed to be successful in the classroom and on the court. Beyond that, John cares about his student-athletes and coaches.  I have never worked with an Athletic Director who was more involved in a positive way with our student-athletes.”

Bruce Weber, K-State Head Men’s Basketball Coach

 

“John believed in and is committed to the direct care of student-athletes as they reached their goals in academics & athletics. His attention and dedication in supporting student-athletes reflected in building inclusivity across race, gender, sports, and LGBTQ issues, which allowed student-athletes to perform at their maximum levels. His open door policy of communication was a testimony of his support, care, and concerns about the well-being of student-athletes.”

Dr. Be Stoney, Professor & Faculty Athletic Representative, K-State