Robert Clifford and Linda A. Johnson Appointed Associate Athletic Directors

Nov. 1, 2002

Corvallis, Ore. - Oregon State University Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis has announced Robert Clifford and Linda A. Johnson have been appointed associate directors of athletics. Both appointments relate to the increased focus the current athletic administration has on student-athletes and academic success, a point of emphasis De Carolis made at his formal hiring press conference in late August.

Clifford will serve as associate athletic director for academics/student affairs for the football and men's basketball programs. He has worked as the special advisor to the athletic director at OSU since October of 2001, and has been involved in academic affairs and student-athlete wellness programs.

'Robert brings an incredible amount of hands-on experience as it relates to the complexity of issues that are faced by our student-athletes,' De Carolis said.

Clifford had previously served as assistant to the director of football operations and coordinator of academic programs at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton from 2000-2001. From 1997-1999 he worked in Boca Raton as senior partner and director of operations at Continental Sports Management and director of university relations and team sports at Olsher Sports International. Clifford began his intercollegiate athletics career in 1977 as associate director of academic support at the University of Michigan. He is a 1979 Michigan graduate with a bachelor's degree from the College of Literature, Science, and Arts.

Johnson's new position is associate athletic director of Olympic sports/academics. She has been on the Oregon State University staff since November of 1989, beginning her career as an advising specialist for the College of Business. Johnson has since worked as an academic advisor for the College of Business from 1991-95, as head advisor for the College of Health and Human Performance from the beginning of 1995 through April of 2002. She most recently worked as academic advisor for the College of Health and Human Sciences.

'When it comes to intensity, work ethic, and student advocacy, Linda is at the top of the charts,' De Carolis said. 'Linda and Robert will bring our academic and student services to a new level.'

Johnson is a 1985 graduate of California State-San Bernardino with a bachelor's degree in physical education. She also completed courses toward a master's degree in human resources management at the University of Redlands in 1988.

In a related matter, De Carolis announced that both Clifford and Johnson will concurrently report to the athletic director and assistant provost for academic programs, Bob Burton.

'We are very excited by this new arrangement,' Burton said. 'It will give the university first hand access to the inner workings of academic support for athletics, which will provide a level of security and advocacy not previously seen. We believe this structure will go a long way to fostering student-athlete success.'

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