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Symposium Spotlight: Dr. Todd Hairston

Published onFeb 27, 2020
Symposium Spotlight: Dr. Todd Hairston

On February 28, 2020, the Wake Forest Journal of  Business & Intellectual Property will have the privilege of hosting Dr. Todd Hairston as a speaker at its Spring Symposium: “Amateur Hour is Over: Analyzing the Impact Changes in ‘Amateurism’ May Have on the Business of Collegiate Sports.” Dr. Hairston will be part of a panel alongside Professors Mason Ashe of the Wharton Business School and Howard University School of Law and Marc Edelman of the Zicklin School of Business, to discuss how changes in amateurism through athlete compensation will affect the overall institutional landscape of collegiate sports. The panel will be moderated by Professor Timothy Davis of the Wake Forest University School of Law.

Dr. Hairston is currently the Senior Associate Athletic Director, Compliance & Administration at Wake Forest University. Dr. Hairston joined the Wake Forest athletic department in 2005 as an Assistant Direct of Compliance, where he was subsequently promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and then Associate Athletic Director.

Dr. Hairstons’s primary responsibilities as Wake’s Senior Associate Athletic Director encompass interpretation and enforcement of NCAA rules and legislation, with the objective of ensuring that  Wake Forest athletics is in full compliance with these policies. He also supervises the Wake Forest sports, sports medicine, and nutrition performance teams and serves as the secondary administrator for the university’s football and men’s tennis teams.

Before joining the Wake Forest community, Dr. Hairston worked as an Assistant Director for Compliance at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Direct of Compliance at George Mason University, and positions with the New England Patriots. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Wake Forest where he teaches an “NCAA Rules Compliance and Enforcement”  course and serves on the Board of Directors for “Positive Actions. Thriving Homes.”

Dr. Hairston’s personal education features a BS in Health and Exercise Sciences from Wake Forest, an MS in Public Health from the Meharry Medical College, and a Ph.D. in Sports Administration from Florida State.

As an attendee, I expect Dr. Hairston to incorporate much of his professional experience into his commentary and perspectives. As made evident by recent state and federal initiatives to embrace college athlete compensation, I also expect Dr. Hairston to discuss how Wake Forest’s athletic department will have to adapt to these potential new rules and policies and what legal impediments he will face in fulfilling his role as the school’s athletic director.

Nathaniel Reiff is a third-year law student at Wake Forest University School of Law. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and a Master of International Business from the University of Florida. Upon graduation, he intends to practice corporate and other aspects of contract law. 

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