Baccalaureate Speaker 2018


Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics, Asbury University

Mark Whitworth became Asbury University’s Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics on April 1, 2018. His hiring marks the first time the University has had someone leading the Athletic Department who is at the vice president level and serving on the President’s Cabinet.

Whitworth came to his new position at Asbury from Knight Eady, sports marketing and event management firm, where he served as the Chief Operating Officer since May 2016. Prior to Knight Eady, Whitworth spent 28 years with the Southeastern Conference where he gained experience in administration, multimedia rights, marketing, communications, sponsorships, licensing and event management.

The Louisville, Ky., native was appointed associate commissioner for men’s basketball in 2013 and his responsibilities included serving as the staff liaison to coaches, coordinating conference and non-conference scheduling, directing the SEC Tournament, and working closely with the league’s television partners. Prior to joining the SEC, Whitworth served on the Athletic Department staff at the University of Tennessee, where he earned a master’s degree in Sports Administration. He received a bachelor’s degree from Asbury in 1984 and was appointed to the Asbury Board of Trustees in 2009.

Whitworth is married to the former Tyanne James (a 1984 Asbury grad) and they have a son (Tyler) and a daughter (Mary Kathryn, who is graduating this Commencement weekend).