Dr. Brian Mand, who previously served at Florida State for 18 years in various administrative roles in the academics, compliance and student services areas, returned in September 2009, after an 11 year absence, in the position of Associate Director of Athletic Academic Support Services. In this role, Mand will assist with the daily operation and implementation of the athletic academic support program, as well as to serve as academic advisor for men’s and women’s cross country and track & field and to provide supervision of academic coordinators and graduate assistants. Mand has more than 30 years of experience coordinating and supervising programs for academic support, compliance and student services at the collegiate level.
After serving as a graduate assistant at Ohio State, he initiated comprehensive academic advising and support programs at Rutgers University and East Carolina University before coming to Florida State as Academic Advisor-Student Affairs Coordinator. Mand also served Florida State as Assistant to the Athletic Director-Compliance Coordinator, Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and Student Services and Director for Compliance and Educational Programs/Visiting Assistant Professor of Sports Administration before assuming the position of Associate Athletic Director for Academics, Compliance, Student Services and Sport Oversight at the University of Cincinnati. At Cincinnati, he was promoted to Senior Associate Athletic Director with the additional responsibilities of directing all aspects of the 18 Olympic Sports program and chairing the transition process from Conference USA to the Big East Conference. Mand also served on the Admissions Review and Appeals Committee, was a facilitator for the UC/21 Comprehensive Academic Planning Process and coordinated activities for the NCAA Athletics Certification Interim Report and Institutional Self-Study Report.
Dr. Mand left Cincinnati, after 9 years, to become Director of Athletics and Assistant Professor of Sport Studies at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, NC for two years, prior to his return to Florida State. While at St. Andrews, he served on the Admissions, Retention and Financial Aid Committee, chaired the Student Engagement Task Force and initiated membership in the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills program and the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) resulting in St. Andrews selection to an NCAS national award for outstanding outreach and community service in 2008, one of only five NCAA Division II schools to receive that distinction.
During his initial stint at Florida State, Mand also served as President of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (NAAAA) and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wake Forest University, a Master of Arts in Physical Education with specialization in Sports Management from The Ohio State University and a PhD in Physical Education with a specialization in Sports Administration and a minor in Counseling from Florida State. Mand has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Sports Administration at Florida State, Cincinnati, Xavier and St. Andrews.
Mand is married to Roberta, who is Director of Suite Services at the Leon County Civic Center and the couple has two grown children, Brandon and Krystina and a dog, Bailey.