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Wednesday, June 05, 2013

FSU Fires Athletic Director

Florida State Athletics Director Randy Spetman has been moved to an advisory role in the athletic department and Vanessa Fuchs has been named interim athletics director.

From the Democrat
FSU President Eric Barron made the announcement late Wednesday afternoon, and said he was beginning a national search for a new athletics director.

Spetman, hired in February 2008 by former FSU President T.K. Wetherell, is expected to stay with the university through the end of his contract in February 2014.

Spetman had been scheduled to present a five-year strategic plan for FSU athletics at Thursday’s Board of Trustees workshop. That item has been removed from the agenda.
Barron described the decision to reassign Spetman as “a mutual agreement.”

Barron said he wanted to continue to work on the strategic plan and present it to a variety of FSU stakeholders before taking it to the trustees for their approval.

“I don’t have anything negative to say about Randy Spetman. I have a lot of respect for him,” Barron said. “We agreed that this is a good time to transition.”

From Wikipedia -
Spetman was born and raised in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1976. While at the Academy, he earned three varsity letters as a defensive end for the Falcons footballteam and was a team captain as a senior. He also won a pair of heavyweight championships in the Academy's annual Wing Open Boxing tournament. Spetman has a Master's Degree in Management from Central Michigan University, and a Master's degree in National Security Strategy from the Naval War College.
After graduation from the Academy, Spetman spent 28 year in the United States Air Force as a pilot. A command pilot with more than 3,000 hours of flight time, Spetman served in a range of positions, including assistant football coach at his alma mater; Chief of Bomber Planning in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm; and Chief of the Command and Control Division, Operations Directorate of the United States European Commandin Stuttgart, Germany. His final career assignment was as the athletic director at the Academy.
Prior to joining the Seminoles' organization, Spetman was the athletic director at Utah State University from 2003 to 2008. Under Spetman's leadership, Utah State joined the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in 2005 and claimed four conference championships in its first two years. USU's student-athletes lead the WAC with a 78 percent graduation rate and have maintained over a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.[2]Spetman also oversaw several facility projects, including improvements to the football stadium and the development of a $12.5 million facility that will benefit 16 intercollegiate sports at the University. Spetman also developed a partnership for medical health coverage for USU student-athletes that improved care and reduced medical costs.[3]

Prior to Utah State, Spetman spent eight successful years (1996–2003) as director of athletics at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. During Spetman's tenure, athletics teams at the Academy enjoyed unmatched success as the football team participated in four bowl games, and the men's basketball team advanced to its 3rd NCAA Tournament.

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