Andy Gillentine, professor and associate dean at University of South Carolina’s College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management, joined a very distinguished list of winners as he received the Sport Management Lifetime Achievement Award from the Applied Sport Management Association. The award, established in 2008, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the academic field of sport management.
Gillentine accepted the award and delivered the keynote address at the ASMA annual conference, hosted by Louisiana State University, on Feb. 24, 2017, sharing his thoughts on sport management as a profession and its future direction.
"It’s a very nice honor," Gillentine said. "To be included in the list of people who have
received this before: it's good company."
Previous winners include Packianathan Chelladurai of Ohio State University, Bill Stier, Jr. of SUNY-Brockport, Janet Parks of Bowling Green State University, Bill Sutton of the University of South Florida, David Stotlar of the University of Northern Colorado, Mary Hums of the University of Louisville, Joy DeSensi of the University of Tennessee and Donna Pastore of Ohio State University.
He said the award is a compliment not just to him, but also to the standing of USC and the Department of Sport and Entertainment Management in particular.
Gillentine earned his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University, his master’s from Northeastern Oklahoma State University and his Ph.D from the University of Southern Mississippi. His research interests are sport marketing, professional development, and management issues in sport. Gillentine is also recognized as one of the leading experts in the study of the legal, managerial and marketing aspects of tailgating at sport and entertainment events.
Prior to working at USC, Gillentine was the associate dean, associate professor and director of the Sport Administration Programs at the University of Miami (2002-2010) and graduate program director at Mississippi State University (1995-2002). He has conducted research projects for numerous sport organizations that have resulted in more than 50 publications, four books and more than 100 national and international presentations. His textbook, Foundations of Sport Management, co-edited with Brian Crow, is widely used in sport management programs throughout the country and is currently entering its third edition.
Gillentine has been recognized throughout his career for his professional achievements, including:
- 2012 Distinguished Sport Management Educator, North American Society of Sport Management
- 2009 Sport Management Outstanding Achievement Award, National Association of Sport and Physical Education
- 2007 Miami Magnet Award, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau
- 2007 Research Fellow, American Alliance of Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance—Research Consortium
- 1999 Pride in Teaching Award, Mississippi Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
- 1995 Outstanding Doctoral Student, University of Southern Mississippi