Athens native and University of Georgia graduate Greg McGarity was named Director of Athletics at UGA on August 13, 2010, after serving 18 years in the athletic department at the University of Florida.
Since that time, McGarity has injected a program of imagination and innovation into the Georgia Athletic Association with emphasis on exploring new ideas and initiatives moving the organization forward in all areas of competition, academics, and service.
Among the many initiatives are implementation of a nutrition program for all sports, greater emphasis on customer service as well as community service, scoreboard upgrades enhancing the in-game experience for guests and patrons in all sports, and developing leadership programs fostering staff development. In addition, he has encouraged the experimentation of new ideas such as moving volleyball competition to Stegeman Coliseum and helping bring a concert to Sanford Stadium for the first time in stadium history.
McGarity oversees a 21-sport athletics program supported by a budget of $92 million. Since becoming Director of Athletics, Georgia teams have won SEC championships in men's tennis (2011), women's swimming (2011, 2012), men's tennis SEC Tournament, and two SEC eastern division title in football (2011 and 2012). During that time 14 different Georgia teams have been ranked in the nation's top 20.
A 1976 graduate of UGA's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, McGarity is a 2012 inductee into the Grady Fellowship, a recognition program to honor those whose influence, achievements and service to the media professions have enhanced the reputation of the Grady College. He was also appointed in 2012 to the NCAA Division I Football Issues Committee, a position he will hold through 2016.
At UF, he served as Executive Associate Athletic Director after serving as both an associate and senior associate athletic director during his tenure. His duties at Florida included assisting the athletic director in daily operations of the department, assisting in preparation and approval of the annual budget and extensive involvement in long-term planning, contracts, competition scheduling and employment searches, among other areas. McGarity was involved in the planning and supervision of several construction projects, including the expansion of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and the William Heavener Football Complex.
McGarity received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism in 1976. He was a letterman on the 1973 Bulldog tennis team and following graduation began his professional career at UGA. After serving as a student assistant from 1973-77, he held positions as assistant sports information director and head women's tennis coach (1977-82), administrative assistant (1982-88), and assistant athletic director for facilities and event management (1988-92).
Citing McGarity's top-level experience in one of America's most successful athletic programs, Georgia president Dr. Michael F. Adams said McGarity understands UGA's desire to compete and succeed at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics while maintaining a primary focus on the needs and success of student-athletes.
"Greg McGarity is an experienced senior athletic administrator who has spent his entire life in athletics and athletic administration," Adams said on the day of McGarity's appointment. "He was admired greatly during the time he worked in the department here, and I can tell you from the comments I have read during this process that this is considered to be a great loss at the University of Florida. He has been involved in major personnel decisions at Florida, and I consider hiring the right people in the right positions to be the most important function of a senior administrator."
"Greg McGarity is an outstanding choice by Dr. Adams to be the athletics director at the University of Georgia," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. "He has a deep appreciation for the history and traditions of the Southeastern Conference and has been a significant contributor to the conference for many, many years during his tenures at both Georgia and Florida."
McGarity is married to the former Sheryl Holland, who graduated from UGA in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. They have one son, Alex, a graduate of the University of Florida and current student at UGA.