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Jack Thompson
Jack  Thompson
Position:
Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development

Alma Mater:
Kentucky


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Jack Thompson serves as Georgia Tech's senior associate A.D. for development, the fundraising arm of the Georgia Tech Athletic Association.

He has also held positions of service including - President, National Association of Athletic Development Directors; Vice President, Georgia Tech Charitable Life Inc.; board member, Atlanta Midtown Alliance; Atlanta Intown Chamber of Commerce; American Community Service Network and Atlanta Midtown Business Association.

In 2004, he was named an honorary alumnus of Georgia Tech. The National Association of Athletic Development Directors recognized him in 2005 as the National Fundraiser of the Year and he received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the NACDA Convention in Orlando in June 2011.

Under Thompson's leadership, Georgia Tech has been among the leaders of the Atlantic Coast Conference, as well as in the nation, in per capital fund raising; with gifts and pledges totaling more than $260 Million in the past 10 years. The Georgia Tech Endowment Fund is at $114 Million. Georgia Tech was recognized in 2007 by the Chronicle of Higher Education as 18th in overall rank in donations among the major conferences.

Thompson joined the Tech staff from the University of South Carolina. At Tech, he initially served as director of football recruiting for four years and then as assistant to the head football coach for three seasons. He was named assistant athletics director in 1977, was promoted to an associate position in 1982, and senior associate in 1986.

In addition, Thompson was asked by Georgia Tech to develop and be the executive producer of the syndicated television show for the head football coach, and later for both the head basketball coach and director of athletics. He co-hosted the syndicated TV sports show, Sideline Sports originating on WXIA Channel 11 (NBC) Atlanta for 19 years. These shows were recognized as among the most highly syndicated coaches' shows in America. He continues to serve as a consultant in this field.

At South Carolina, Thompson was the head swimming coach, physical education instructor, and part-time recruiter. He also worked in the athletic business and sports information offices.

Prior to his time at USC, Thompson served as head swimming coach and recruiter for all sports at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia. Thompson also worked at that time as a reporter on the Virginia's Military School League for the Richmond Times Dispatch newspaper.

A native of Louisville, Ky., Thompson attended the University of Kentucky and served as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army Reserve. He has three children: Jay, Scott, and Tracy.