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Gladden appointed Dean of the IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management at IUPUI

Dr. James ('Jay') Gladden
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May 4, 2009

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Dr. James (“Jay”) Gladden has been appointed Dean of the IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management at IUPUI, pending approval by the IU Board of Trustees, announced Chancellor Charles R. Bantz.

Gladden joins IUPUI after spending the last two years as Associate Dean in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Gladden succeeds P. Nicholas Kellum who is stepping down as dean of the school, the country’s oldest school of physical education, which also has one of the country’s newest programs to train professionals in the areas of tourism, conventions and event management.

“Dr. Gladden’s experience with sports management will add to the school’s already strong support of community-responsive academic programs that advance economic development, such as its involvement with city initiatives to promote the amateur sports movement and tourism,” said IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz.

“It is exciting to have an opportunity to build upon such a strong foundation,” Gladden said.

Working on a campus in the heart of city like Indianapolis offers unique opportunities, Gladden said. “In my mind, there are limitless opportunities to connect industry with the educational programs and research of the school, which are relevant to the city and state as a whole.”

“The scholarly and administrative experience which Jay Gladden brings will be very helpful in formulating a strategic vision for the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management which is aligned with IUPUI’s Academic Plan. This will help guide future activities to strengthen the research profile and open new educational and scholarly directions,” said Uday Sukhatme, Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties

As Associate Dean, Gladden was involved with faculty development, research, personnel, budget and finance, information technology, strategic planning, learning outcomes assessment, and space management for the Isenberg School. Prior to serving as Associate Dean, Gladden was an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Sport Management at UMass.

Gladden’s research expertise lies in the areas of sport brand management, sport sponsorship planning and evaluation, and college athletic fundraising. Gladden has published numerous articles and book chapters on these topics in a wide variety of outlets including the Journal of Sport Management, Sport Marketing Quarterly, Sport Management Review, and the International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship, and trade publications such as Athletic Management and Sports Business Journal.

Gladden also brings nearly 20 years of experience working with industry, first as a Project Director for DelWilber + Associates (from 1991 to 1994) and then later as a faculty member at UMass. Gladden has worked with a variety of organizations including the Cleveland Cavs, Compaq Computer Corporation, Iowa State University, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Major League Soccer, the National Basketball Association, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the Pittsburgh Pirates, Purdue University, and the United States Figure Skating Association.

Originally from a northern suburb of Chicago, Gladden graduated from DePauw University in 1988 with a B.S. in Communication Arts & Sciences. He received a M.A. in Sport Management from Ohio State University in 1991 and a Ph.D. in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts in 1997. Gladden has been married to his wife Sheri for 16 years and they have two children, Anna (9) and Ben (6).