Oct. 21, 2011
Tom McGinnis, a 14-year veteran of The Ohio State University Athletics Department, has been named associate athletics director for administration and finance and chief financial officer, director of athletics Joel Maturi announced today. McGinnis will be taking over the Gophers' CFO duties of Liz Eull, who left Gopher Athletics to join university president Eric Kaler's staff in August.
McGinnis brings a wealth of intercollegiate athletics experience with him to Minnesota after working in a variety of positions during his tenure at OSU. Most recently, McGinnis served as the Buckeyes' senior associate athletics director for administration, overseeing human resources, information technology and equipment. McGinnis also played an integral role in both the budget planning and financial forecasting process of OSU's $128 million budget. Additionally, he lead the development and implementation of the athletic department's strategic plans and provided direct oversight of the Buckeye's $43 million personnel and benefits budget.
"We are excited to have a person with Tom's skills, experience and background in the Big Ten join the Gophers senior management team," Maturi said. "Tom has played a key role in the financial and human resources operations at Ohio State and will bring leadership, integrity and energy to this important role."
McGinnis, who will begin his new duties at the University of Minnesota on Dec. 5, said he was thrilled to be joining the Gopher Athletics family and was looking forward to the challenges and opportunities his new position presents.
"I have been blessed with a tremendous 14 years at Ohio State, where I have worked with incredible people every day," said McGinnis. "My family and I are truly excited to be a part of Gopher Athletics. I would like to thank Joel, Regina and everyone involved in the search process for this incredible opportunity. I look forward to continuing my career at the U."
McGinnis was twice promoted in 2010, first in January to the position of associate athletics director for administration and then in October to his current position as senior associate athletics director for administration. From 2006 to 2010, he served as OSU's assistant athletics director of administration and human resources, overseeing all human resources functions for the department, including policy development, payroll, staff recruitment, orientation, development and personnel budgets.
McGinnis' tenure with Ohio State Athletics dates to 1997, when he was hired as an event management graduate assistant. After two years, he was named the assistant director of events and ticketing in 1999, where he worked until 2001. From 2001 to 2004, McGinnis was the director of event management and facility scheduling before being hired as the assistant business manager for human resources and administration in November of 2004 and eventually being promoted to assistant athletics director for administration and human resources in February of 2006.
McGinnis received his bachelor of science degree in kinesiology with a concentration in sport marketing and management from Indiana University in 1997. He went on to earn a master's degree in sport management from The Ohio State University in 1999.
McGinnis and his wife, Heather, have two sons, Brandon and Tyler.