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(updated 9:15 p.m.) Christopher named AD at Xavier (3-25-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel Sports Staff   
Monday, 25 March 2013 18:54
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File photo. Greg Christopher. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
CINCINNATI —Greg Christopher, the athletics director at Bowling Green State University since 2006, is moving into a similar position at Xavier University.
‘‘Greg’s commitment to student athletes is not just about winning games and matches,” said Michael J. Graham, S.J., the president of Xavier, a Jesuit Catholic school with an enrollment of approximately 6,600.
“Character and leadership building, academic excellence and community service are signature traits of how he runs a program,’’ Graham continued. ‘‘His commitment to our Jesuit value of caring for the whole person, makes him the right choice to lead Xavier’s athletic teams into the Big East Conference.”
Christopher will remain at BGSU until May 2. An interim AD and a search committee to replace Christopher are expected to be named in the next two weeks. He was the 12th full-time athletics director in school history.
“Greg Christopher has had a major leadership role in the University and in building a strong reputation for BGSU in the MAC (Mid-American Conference) and nationally,” BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey said. “We will miss him greatly, but know that he will have an outstanding future at Xavier.”
At Xavier, Christopher is replacing Mike Bobinski who was at Xavier since 1998, including 12 years as athletics director. Bobinski’s last day with Xavier was March 22.
Bobinski accepted the athletics director position at Georgia Tech in January.
“I am honored to be joining Xavier Nation,” said Christopher, who is the 11th athletics director in Xavier history. “The institution’s values and tradition of excellence in both academics and athletics make this a tremendous opportunity. I am thankful for the Xavier administration ... and the coaches and staff, who have created a strong foundation.
‘‘This is a distinctive time in Xavier’s history and I am committed to building on its excellence by leading Xavier athletics with integrity and passion.”
At Bowling Green, Christopher has been in charge of an 18-sport program with a budget of $21 million and more than 100 staff members.
The Falcons are one of 13 programs in the country which complete in FBS football as well as Division I  men’s and women’s basketball and men’s ice hockey.
Highlights during Christopher’s tenure include 11 conference championships, with the most recent last fall’s MAC tournament championship and NCAA berth in volleyball.
In the classroom, the number of student-athletes with a grade-point-average of 3.0 or above has increased in each of the last five years. In 2011-12, BG student-athletes had a cumulative GPA record, charting a 3.10 mark, and 210 BG student-athletes had a GPA of at least 3.0. The student-athlete graduation rate is also greater than the overall student body’s graduation rate.
Christopher is chairman of the MAC’s Athletic Directors’ Council and is the women’s basketball administrative chair for the MAC.
Nationally, Christopher is a member of the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions. He just completed a four-year term on the NCAA’s Division 1 Women’s Basketball Committee, and served as chairman of the committee in 2011-12.
A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday at 3 p.m. in Cincinnati.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 14:57
 

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