"...one of the best Athletic Directors in the country. He hastremendous respect among our ACC Athletic Directors and nationally."
-John Swafford, ACC Commissioner
Student-Athlete & Assistant Coach
Lee Fowler earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University in 1974. A four-year Varsity Basketball player, Fowler was a starter and top reserve on Southeastern Conference Championship Team, only the second in Vanderbilt's history.
Assistant Head Basketball Coach & Associate Athletics Director
Fowler earned his way to the Director of Athletics by working as the Associate Athletic Director and Director of Tiger Club for the University of Memphis. From 1986 to 1994, Fowler restructured and refocused the fund-raising and marketing departments.
During his tenure, Fowler oversaw the completion of a $133 million building campaign to bring NCSU facilities up to par with the elite within the NCAA, the ACC, and other top BCS Football programs. The most notable was the $98 million of improvements to the Carter-Finley Stadium as well as the Murphy Center that houses the football program and Vaughn Towers that offers luxury suites and club seats (see home screen for pictures). This was accomplished while maintaining a balanced budget for the university.
During the basketball season, he would visit each campus and evaluate them in these major areas: facilities, game-day experience (to increase attendance), identifying additional revenue opportunities, marketing to increase season and day of event ticket sales and scheduling RPI. He met with various staff members, including head coaches, to gain an understanding of current issues facing the program from various perspectives.
Lee Fowler served four years as the Athletic Director at USC Upstate. He began his tenure at Upstate in May 2013 as the interim athletic director and had the interim tag removed in October 2013. Under Lee's direction, Men's/Women's Basketball Season ticket sales were increased by 66% in the 2014-2015 season.