Columbus State Athletics
Todd Reeser
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Columbus State president Dr. Tim Mescon announced the hiring of Todd Reeser as its new athletic director Friday afternoon. 

Reeser becomes the fourth athletic director in program history and currently serves as the executive senior associate athletics director for development and sports services at Georgia State. He replaces Jay Sparks, who left in April after 25 years at CSU -- the past six as athletic director -- to become the head women’s basketball coach at Francis Marion University. 

“Over the course of the selection process, Todd Reeser emerged as the perfect candidate to take Columbus State athletics to the next level,” Mescon said. “His 25 years of extensive leadership and management experience will greatly benefit Cougar intercollegiate athletics.” 

Reeser joined Georgia State's staff as senior associate director of athletics for development in 2009. Before GSU, Reeser spent four years at Central Florida as its associate athletic director for development. 

Reeser has also been an assistant athletics director and director of major gifts at his alma mater, Illinois State (1997-2005), and director of athletics development and assistant athletics director at Drake (1988-97).

Reeser began his athletics administration career as an intern at Southern Illinois (1986-87), and one year as assistant director of promotions and development at Illinois State (1987-88) before going to Drake in November 1988. 

“I am so thankful for the opportunity that Dr. Mescon and the search committee has given me,” Reeser said. “I’m excited to accept this role and meet the people who are passionate about Columbus State athletics.” 

A Chenoa, Illinois, native, Reeser captained the baseball team at Illinois State, where he earned his bachelor's degree in general finance in 1985. He received his master's in sports administration from St. Thomas in 1986. 

Reeser is slated to start at CSU on Aug. 1.