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Boland named new director of Master of Sports Administration Program


Ohio University’s Department of Sports Administration is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Boland, J.D. as director of the Master of Sports Administration (MSA) Program starting January 2016.

Of more than 700 universities, the MSA program was ranked #1 in the world by SportBusiness International in 2015, 2013, and 2012. In 2016 the program celebrates its 50th milestone, and is widely recognized as the birthplace of sport management education.

Jim Kahler, outgoing director, will remain involved in the program as associate director and will focus his efforts more fully as executive director of the department’s growing Center for Sports Administration.

“Jim has been a driving force in this program’s success over the past 10 years. We appreciate his dedication and positive impact on the students, College, and University,” said Hugh Sherman, dean of the College of Business. “We are pleased that he will be able to turn more of his attention to expanding the Center for Sports Administration while continuing to impact the MSA Program.”

“As the Center for Sports Administration celebrates its 10th anniversary in December, I’m excited to build additional programs and initiatives to maintain the MSA program’s reputation as a global leader and contribute to the Department of Sports Administration,” said Kahler. “Building new programs and partnerships, facilitating student experiences, and engaging more with alumni is a role that I look forward to as we continue to grow.”

Boland came to Ohio University’s sport management department earlier this year after more than a decade at New York University in the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management as academic chair for all three disciplines while also teaching in New York University’s Law School.

“Bob is a great addition to the department and provides an advantage for our program. He’s a leading sports law professor and practitioner, and commonly called on as a media expert,” said Norm O’Reilly, chair of the department of sports administration. “He has a deep background in consulting, athlete and coach management, labor negotiations, and professional sport finance that will benefit Ohio University students.”

Boland earned an A.B. from Columbia University where he lettered in varsity football and wrestling, and participated in the U.S. Olympic Trials process in wrestling in 1984, and a J.D. from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law.

“I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this program’s legacy of excellence,” said Boland. “I look forward to building on the program’s reputation and bringing my expertise to expanding the influence our world-renowned program.”