Start: February 6, 2024 1:30 p.m.
End: February 6, 2024 3 p.m.
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What’s in a name? And where does this portal send me? A behind the curtain look at the new collegiate athletics landscape with Ball State Director of Athletics, Jeff Mitchell.


Mitchell served as the deputy director of Athletics at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss., since 2018. He joined Southern Miss after a 12- year stint at Santa Clara in Santa Clara, Calif., where he most recently served as the senior associate athletic director of external operations. A collaborative campus leader, Mithcell has served in various leadership roles and committees at Santa Clara and Southern Miss—where he taught business classes as an adjunct professor. As an accomplished public address announcer for Division 1 baseball, basketball, football, soccer, and volleyball in the SEC, PAC -12, C-USA, WCC, Division III  football and basketball in SCAC and Division III NCAA Tournament basketball. Mitchell is the co-author of a textbook entitled “Sport, Ethics and Leadership” which was published in 2011. He earned his Bachelor of Arts (2001) and Master of Business Administration (2003) from Millsaps College in Jacksonville, Miss., where he was a four-year member of the varsity baseball team and a four-year member of the athletic department’s sports information staff, and assistant baseball coach. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2005 when he also served as a grad assistant in the external relations unit and primarily worked with the Ole Miss football and men’s basketball programs

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