FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Director of Colorado State Athletics Joe Parkerwho is entering his eighth season in charge of the department in 2022-23, has signed a five-year extension, securing him as the Rams’ top athletic administrator through Dec. 31, 2027, the acting CSU chairman announced Thursday. , Rick Miranda.
“Joe Parker places the highest priority on the success of our student-athletes – and on establishing a solid foundation for the long-term success of our programs as a whole,” said Acting President Rick Miranda. “CSU Athletics is on a great trajectory, with record numbers of fans in the stands, strong leadership across the department, and students thriving academically, personally, and athletically. We are happy to continue this momentum with Joe as Director of Sport.”
“I want to thank the Board of Governors, Chancellor Tony Frank and Acting President Miranda for their continued confidence in me as the head of this department,” Parker said. “We are at a pivotal time in college athletics, and I believe Colorado State Athletics is poised to play an important role in the future of student-athlete development. We serve a world-class university, provide a amazing college experience and striving for a championship culture in everything we do. I couldn’t be more energetic and excited to continue working alongside the fantastic student-athletes, coaches and support staff we have gathered here in Fort Collins.
Under Parker, the Rams have won 21 Mountain West championships, second most among all programs in the league in that span, including 15 in women’s programs – the most in the league in the past seven seasons. .
Academic excellence has also been at the forefront of the department’s mission under Parker. In the previous five academic progression rate reports, Colorado State averaged 985 or better, compared to the averages of the 970s and 960s in the years before Parker arrived. These APR reports also included 40 perfect grades out of 1,000 in a single year, and in the latest graduation rate report, Colorado State had the highest average graduation rate in all four classes of Mountain West (87) and has posted a 17 percent graduation rate. points higher than the general student body.
The 87 GSR was the highest rating in the program’s history since reports began in 1998.
Facility improvements and strategic partnerships are a cornerstone of progress at Colorado State, and ongoing projects across the athletic campus include a $7 million renovation of the Moby Arena locker room and resort. supplies for the well-being and nutrition of student-athletes. In May 2022, Parker and others solemnly inaugurated an upcoming facility improvement plan for the football and softball programs. Construction is expected to begin in early fall.
Considerable value has also been created in the strategic partnership space under Parker. In June 2018, he led what was at the time the third-largest naming rights deal in college athletics, a $37.7 million deal with Canvas Credit Union to name the then-unnamed stadium on the campus. An anonymous donation was also generated of $20 million to name the Canvas Stadium field after former head coach Sonny Lubick, and a $4.3 million donation was secured from New Belgium Brewing to name the New Belgium Porch at Canvas Stadium.
Inside Canvas Stadium, Parker led the denomination-level donation agreement with the Rockies Orthopedic and Spine Center for the OCR Field Club, a partnership worth more than $4 million. of dollars. At Moby Arena, a partnership with FNBO led to the creation of the FNBO Loft.
During its first five years of operation, the Parker team delivered on its promise that Canvas Stadium would serve as a community asset, as the facility is a premier destination for non-sporting events in the area. Since its opening, Canvas Stadium has hosted approximately 200 non-sporting events a year, including balls, conferences, weddings, festivals and, more recently, professional soccer.
Over the past four years, private support and siege-related donations have been significant under Parker’s leadership, with more than $20 million raised as part of more than $80 million throughout his tenure.
Parker has also represented Colorado State on NCAA, Mountain West, and Lead1 committees, including the current FBS Football Task Force (Lead1) and the NCAA’s Pathways program, mentoring up-and-coming athletic administrators. Within the conference, Parker has also served on the Media Rights Committee (2015-20), Joint Council Executive Committee (2016-17), and Recognition Committee (2015-17).
WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT JOE PARKER:
“Canvas is very grateful for the partnership with Colorado State University and the opportunity we have been given over the past four years to help students, faculty, alumni and the wider community at ‘Afford Life’ So many people have played a part in the success of our partnership, but not more than Joe Parker. Joe shines as one of the finest leaders in collegiate athletics and represents the Colorado State community with heart, passion, and humility. Canvas couldn’t be happier for CSU, Joe and his family. We are excited about the impact we will create together for years to come.”
– Todd Marksberry, CEO, Canvas Credit Union
“I really appreciate our strong partnership with Joe Parker and the entire CSU Athletic Department and I believe expanding it will help the department continue to grow on and off the field. We look forward to many future successes and enjoy a few Old Aggies to celebrate.”
– Steve Fechheimer, CEO, New Belgium Brewing.
“As a proud broadcast partner of the Colorado State Athletics, Townsquare Media is thrilled to hear the news from Joe Parker‘s expansion as we enter a new era of CSU Athletics. We look forward to another exciting season with Joe continuing to lead the charge!”
– Joel Clary, Sales Director of Townsquare Media
“Joe Parker, and the leadership team he has assembled, work tirelessly to help our student-athletes excel on and off the court here at Colorado State University. College athletics is in an incredible state of flux right now, with change being a near constant. From our interactions, I know that Joe is an administrator who prioritizes academic and athletic excellence, and having a learned, steady hand at the helm is good for CSU and its student-athletes. I can’t think of anyone I’d rather be a partner with in this endeavor moving forward than Joe Parkerand I congratulate him on his extension in his role as Director of Sport.”
– Kyle Saunderspolitical science professor and NCAA faculty representative