- M.A. Sport Management
- Long Beach, CA
- 18 months/36 credits
- minimum 2.75
- Statement of Purpose
- Three reference forms
- Proof of GRE scores: minimum 145 quantitative, 145 verbal, 3.5 analytical
- 9 credits
- Minimum 500 contact hours
- Over 400 affiliations
Special Olympics Southern California
Bill Shumard is the President/CEO of Special Olympics Southern California, bringing a wealth of sports and athletic administration experience to the position.
Since taking over in June, 2005, Shumard is guiding the organization through a new Strategic Plan which has produced a more effective business model, designed to dramatically increase the number of athletes SOSC serves. He also initiated and completed the search for a new Headquarters location, which resulted in a unique and beneficial partnership with the City of Long Beach. Additionally, SOSC raised one million new dollars in FY 2006, bringing the SOSC operating budget to a record $8.7million.
Prior to coming to SOSC, Shumard served as Executive Director of Athletics at his alma mater, California State University, Long Beach, for 10 years where he was the second-longest tenured Athletic Director in the university's history. His legacy at CSULB includes improving the student-athlete graduation rate from 17% to 53%; raising over $7 million for capital improvements that included the naming of the Walter Pyramid and the Bickerstaff Family Academic and Strength & Conditioning Centers; and helping to produce a highly successful sports program that consistently produced winning teams and successful student-athletes.
Upon graduation from CSULB in 1972 (BA, Journalism), Shumard quickly embarked on a successful sports management career. He served as the university's Sports Information Director for one year before moving on to CSU Los Angeles to assume the same position that also included administrative responsibilities with the Southern California Summer Pro Basketball League.
Shumard joined the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1975 as an assistant in media relations and remained with the organization until 1988, ultimately rising to the position of Director of Community Services & Special Events. During his time with the Dodgers, the organization drew a then-record number of 3 million fans in six separate seasons, as well as playing host to the 1980 Major League All-Star Game and the 1984 Olympic Summer Games.
Shumard then served as an Assistant Athletic Director at USC from 1988-1991, helping to raise more than $7 million annually for Trojan athletic teams. He was also instrumental in the founding of the Sports Management Institute. He then moved to Cal State Fullerton, where he served as the university's Athletic Director from 1991-1994.
Shumard served as a volunteer for five years as a member of SOSC's Board of Directors and played a key role in securing CSULB as the host site for Summer Games in 1998, the organization's signature event. He also serves as Chair of the Advisory Board to CSULB's Graduate Program in Sport Management; is a member of the Governing Council for CSULB's Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership; and is a member of the Advisory Board for USC's Sports Business Institute. Shumard is also a member of the Los Angeles, San Diego and Long Beach Sports Councils.
Shumard and his wife, Kim, are longtime residents of the City of Brea. They have three grown sons and five grandchildren.
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