Dr. Steve Potts, Director of Athletics at Lipscomb University, has resigned his position, effective May 31, 2008.
The announcement was made Wednesday during a lunch for the athletics department.
Potts has accepted the position of Senior Associate Director of Athletics at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. Potts served as Associate Dean of the Pepperdine University School of Law prior to beginning his service at Lipscomb in January of 2000. Dr. Potts also earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Pepperdine.
“I lack the ability to adequately express my feelings regarding my time here with Lipscomb athletics,” Potts said. “I thank God for blessing me with the opportunity to play a role in the development of the NCAA Division I athletics program here.
“I would like to thank former President Dr. Steve Flatt, former Executive Vice-President Dr. Carl McKelvey and current President, Dr. Randy Lowry, for giving me the chance to pursue my passions here at Lipscomb University. I also wish to express my heartfelt appreciation and genuine love to all of the athletics staff and coaches for their support and encouragement. My life has been enriched because of the relationships with such an extraordinary group of people and I will cherish those relationships forever.
“While it is difficult to leave Lipscomb, I am so very excited about the opportunity to return to Pepperdine University,” said Dr. Potts. “I am grateful for and sincerely appreciate the confidence that the Pepperdine President, Dr. Andrew Benton, and the Athletic Director, Dr. John Watson, have expressed in my ability to make a contribution to the athletics program there.”
Potts took over as Lipscomb’s Director of Athletics as the school was making the transition from the NAIA to NCAA Division I. He successfully guided the athletics department through four years of NCAA Division I provisional membership. Lipscomb received active membership status in September 2003.
Potts also was responsible for leading the institution through the 18-month NCAA Athletic Certification process that was completed in 2005.