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Gene Smith, assistant vice president and athletics director, has been promoted to associate vice president by Jeff Kaplan, senior vice president and special assistant to the president.

In this enhanced role, Smith will assume additional oversight responsibilities for several revenue-generating areas formerly within the Office of Student Life, including the Schottenstein Center, the Blackwell Inn, Fawcett Center and the Drake Center.

This role in the senior vice president’s office is separate from, and in addition to, Smith’s responsibilities as Athletics Director, for which he still reports to the president. The additional business units he is overseeing will not become part of the Department of Athletics; however the new alignment will strengthen the One University approach.

Xenn Riggs will continue the day-to-day management of these units.