John Currie

Director of Athletics at Wake Forest University

John Currie was introduced as the sixth Director of Athletics at Wake Forest University by President Emeritus Nathan Hatch on March 4, 2019. An award-winning college athletics leader with 28 years of experience in the ACC, Big 12 and SEC, Currie previously served as athletics director at Kansas State and Tennessee. The 2021-2022 academic year will mark his 12th as a Power-5 athletics director.

On March 15, 2022 Currie received a signal honor for the second time by the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) when he was recognized as the Cushman & Wakefield Athletics Director of the Year. The NACDA ADOY Award recognizes administrative excellence within college athletics and highlights positive contributions of athletics directors to student-athletes, campuses and their surrounding communities.

Previously, he was recognized in 2013 as both a NACDA Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year and as the recipient of the Bobby Dodd Athletic Director Award. He was a Sports Business Journal Forty Under 40 winner in 2011, currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University in New York and is a life member of the Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors.

Since his appointment in 2019, Currie has focused on supporting student-athletes and building relationships throughout the Wake Forest, Winston-Salem and ACC communities as he has led the Demon Deacons through a historically unique and turbulent period amidst a worldwide pandemic.



  • Director of Athletics

    Current role

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