Oct. 4, 2005
Stanford, Calif. - After more than 14 years guiding the most successful intercollegiate athletic program in the country, Dr. Ted Leland announced today that he will leave his post as Director of Athletics at Stanford University to become Vice President for University Advancement at the University of the Pacific. Leland will remain on the job at Stanford until January 1, 2006.
"It is certainly with a heavy heart that I make this announcement," said Leland, who has worked at Stanford since June 1991. "Being in this position at Stanford has been a dream come true for me. There is no other university in the country that espouses excellence in the classroom and on the playing field as Stanford does, and I have been fortunate and proud to be its Director of Athletics the past 14 years."
In his new position, Leland will oversee fund raising and alumni relations on all three of Pacific's campuses, including the main campus in Stockton, the dental school in San Francisco and the law school in Sacramento. He will also hold a non-tenurable academic appointment as a professor in College of the Pacific, the University's school of arts and sciences.
Leland, who earned his Bachelor's degree in 1970 and Master's degree in 1972 from UOP, played football and coached at the school before returning as the Director of Athletics from 1989-91.
"Leaving Stanford is one of the toughest decisions I've had to make in my life, and I would only consider it for a few select positions," Leland said. "Returning to Stockton and UOP is a special opportunity for me, and my family and I felt it was the right time in my career to make this move.
UOP football player Ted Leland (70) during his playing days against Stanford.
"There is no question I will miss coming to work every day at Stanford University. The people I've met and worked with, my colleagues both in the Athletic Department and within the university, as well as the coaches and student-athletes, will always hold a special place for me and my family. It has been an unbelievable experience, and I am thankful for the opportunity provided me 14 years ago."
"Ted Leland's name has become synonymous in the world of collegiate athletics with excellence," Stanford President John Hennessy said. "His tenure as athletic director has been characterized by his unceasing emphasis on the well-being of student-athletes and their success in academic and athletic endeavors. His national leadership has helped frame contemporary debate on issues in college sports -- from the primacy of academics to the importance of Title IX in building a first-rate athletics program to an emphasis on sportsmanship in a time of increasing pressure to win-at-all-costs. He has maintained the highest ethical standards while leading one of the most successful college athletics programs in the country. Ted's contributions to the university are too numerous to mention, but suffice it to say that he will be greatly missed even as we wish him the greatest success at the University of the Pacific."
"We are so pleased to welcome Ted Leland back to Pacific," said University of the Pacific President Donald V. DeRosa. "He is an outstanding alumnus and a dynamic leader in higher education. Ted shares the personal and professional values Pacific seeks to inspire in its students, including service to others, leadership, and a commitment to excellence. Ted will work closely with Provost Phil Gilbertson and me in helping to lead Pacific's long-range planning process, ensuring that fund raising goals are closely aligned with institutional priorities."
For over 14 years at Stanford, Dr. Ted Leland not only led the Stanford Athletic Department to unprecedented success both on and off the playing field, but earned a reputation as one of the nation's top athletic administrators.
Leland was named The Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics at Stanford University on June 7, 1991, and has been the guiding force in leading an athletics program that was recently voted as "the most admired collegiate athletic program in the nation." During his tenure, Stanford won the prestigious Directors' Cup, emblematic of the top athletic program in the nation, for the past 11 years and the Cardinal has won more NCAA championships than any other school in the nation. Under Leland's stewardship, Stanford's athletic program has enjoyed tremendous success in fund raising and athletic facilities have been vastly improved.
Since his arrival on The Farm, Stanford has won 50 national team championships and 173 conference championships, including an NCAA record six national titles in 1996-97. Cardinal teams consistently compete for the national championship in virtually every sport every year. In 2004-05 alone, Stanford had 26 programs finish in the Top 25 nationally, including 10 in the Top 5 and 16 in the Top 10.
In the area of fundraising, the Athletic Department raised over $270 million in private donations, and its assets and endowments have grown from $52 million to $374.9 million during Leland's tenure. In addition, approximately $185 million in new or renovated athletic facilities have been completed and funded.
Leland's peers and colleagues have honored him on several occasions. Recently, he was presented the Dick Enberg Award by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) in 2004. The award is presented to "a person whose actions and commitment have furthered the meaning and reach of the Academic All-America programs and/or student-athletes while promoting the values of education and academics." In 2000-01, Leland was honored by NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics) and the Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal as the Athletic Director of the Year. The award recognized an Athletic Director for demonstration of commitment to higher education and student-athletes, continuous teamwork, loyalty and excellence, and the ability to inspire individuals or groups to higher levels of accomplishments.
Leland has served on numerous national committees throughout his career. He is currently a member of the University of the Pacific Board of Regents and the Board of Directors of Opportunities Industrialization Center West (a non-profit community-based job training center on the Menlo Park-East Palo Alto border). He is a member of the Division I NCAA Committee on Infractions and the NACDA Executive Committee, and has served on various other Pac-10 and NCAA committees.
In June of 2002, Leland was named a co-chairman of the United States Secretary of Education's Commission on Opportunity in Athletics. The 15-member panel examined ways of strengthening enforcement of Title IX and expanding opportunities to ensure fairness for all college athletes.
Leland recently concluded a two-year term as Chairman of the NCAA Management Council. He was a member of the Management Council for eight years.
After serving as Stanford's Director of Athletics for 12 years, Leland was granted a "Special Research Leave" from his post in the spring of 2003. During an 11-week absence, Leland was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Hoover Institution on campus, conducted research on a book, and wrote and delivered several speeches on national issues related to intercollegiate athletics.
As Stanford's fifth Director of Athletics, Leland succeeded Andy Geiger (1979-90), Joe Ruetz (1972-78), Chuck Taylor (1963-71) and Al Masters (1925-63). Leland directed a department that includes 35 intercollegiate varsity teams - 15 men's, 19 women's and one coed - plus the physical education department, intramurals, club sports, open recreation and the Stanford Golf Course. The department has an annual budget of approximately $58 million.
Prior to his arrival at Stanford, Leland was Athletic Director at the University of the Pacific from 1989-91 and at Dartmouth College from 1983-89. His other career stops have included Northwestern University, where he was a Senior Associate Athletic Director from 1981-83 and the University of Houston as an Assistant Athletic Director from 1979-81. He was an assistant football coach and instructor of physical education at Stanford in 1978-79.
Leland grew up in Northern California, graduated from Hayward High School and later attended Chabot College. He earned both his Bachelor's (1970) and Master's (1972) degrees from the University of the Pacific, prior to adding a Ph.D. from Stanford in 1982 in education/sports psychology.
While an undergraduate at UOP, Leland earned First Team All-PCAA football honors as a defensive end in 1969. He later coached football at UOP, Stanford and East Tennessee State.
In addition to his work in athletic administration, Leland has held the position of "adjunct professor" at Dartmouth College, UOP and Stanford, teaching courses in Sports Psychology and the Philosophy of Sport. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford.
Leland, 57, and his wife, Stefanie, have two children: Amanda, 23, and Bo, 21.