Former Tennessee AD John Currie takes over at Wake Forest

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WINSTON SALEM, N.C. ( -- After nearly 27 years leading the Wake Forest University athletic department, Ron Wellman will retire as Athletic Director on May 1, 2019. Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch has selected John Currie to succeed Wellman as the University's sixth athletic director.

John Currie will assume the role of Wake Forest Athletic Director on May 1. Currie is a 1993 Wake Forest graduate. He served his alma mater for six years in the 1990's as assistant director of the Deacon Club, and assistant AD. Currie has nine years of service as a NCAA Division I level athletics director, at Kansas State University from 2009-17 and most recently at Tennessee.

"I am delighted to welcome John Currie and his wife, Mary Lawrence, back home to their alma mater, Wake Forest," said Hatch. "I've long followed John's career. He comes highly recommended by a long list of academic leaders, commissioners, coaches, former student-athletes and staff throughout higher education and college athletics. As a Wake Forest grad, North Carolina native and accomplished athletic director, John is the perfect fit to follow in the footsteps of his mentor, Ron Wellman."

"Today is a very humbling day and one that my wife, Mary Lawrence, and I are grateful for the confidence that President Hatch and the Board of Trustees has shown us to make this dream come true," said Currie. "Ron Wellman has been my long-time mentor and is responsible for everything I have in my professional life – the most important of which is the ethical foundation that has sustained me over the last 25 years.

"The many great accomplishments achieved by Wake Forest over the last 185 years has happened because of our collective spirit, energy, creativity and initiative channeled together – students, faculty, administration, alumni, parents, the Winston-Salem community and beyond. I look forward to reacquainting myself with old friends and collaborating with new ones to better understand our challenges and opportunities."

After leaving Wake Forest, Currie served in a variety of roles at Tennessee from 2000 until 2009, rising from an assistant athletic director for development to executive associate athletic director. He was hired as the athletic director at Kansas State University in 2009 and led the Wildcats through an eight-year period of unprecedented academic, athletic and fundraising excellence. Currie inherited a K-State athletics budget facing an operational deficit and transformed the Wildcats into one of the NCAA's most financially solvent programs.