Lee Fowler is in his fourth year serving as the Athletic Director at USC Upstate.
Fowler is an experienced athletic administrator and consultant. He began his tenure at Upstate in May 2013 as the interim athletic director and had the interim tag removed in October 2013.
Fowler came to Upstate after serving as a consultant and Director of Basketball Operations for the Sun Belt Conference with an emphasis on facilities, marketing, scheduling for RPI, identifying additional revenue streams and game-day experience. Prior to his stint with the Sun Belt, he was the Athletic Director at NC State from 2000-10. While with the Wolfpack, he oversaw the completion of a seven-year, $133 million capital campaign for the University Athletic Association that resulted in new athletic facilities and additional academic support for all of the university’s teams and student-athletes. Included in the facility improvements was the $98 million renovation of Carter-Findley Stadium.
Fowler served as Athletic Director at Middle Tennessee State from 1994-2000 and spearheaded the move of the football program from NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) to NCAA Bowl Championship Subdivision (formerly I-A). During his tenure, MTSU won 21 Ohio Valley Conference Championships, had 17 NCAA Tournament appearances and won the All-Sports Trophy for five years in a row. Prior to his time at MTSU, he was an Associate Athletic Director and Director of the Tiger Club at Memphis from 1986-94 where he restructured and refocused the fundraising and marketing departments. He began his time at Memphis as an assistant basketball coach while pursuing his master’s degree.
Fowler is a 1974 graduate of Vanderbilt and was a member of the men’s basketball team for the Commodores. He is a native of Columbia, Tenn., and has been married to his wife Carol for almost 30 years. They have three daughters and two granddaughters. His oldest daughter, Ashley, is a Vaccine Sales Representative at GlaxoSmithKline in Murfreesboro, Tenn. His middle daughter, Kristin, has continued in her father’s footsteps working in athletics and is currently the Director of Communications at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, N.C. Carlee, his youngest, is working just finished working in New York City as an Associate Technical Designer with Coach and now lives and works in Raleigh, N.C.
Major Career Accomplishments
- Jenny Chang Award
Recognized for outstanding service to the student body at NC State; voted on by the student body for the 2009-10 school year
- Southeast Regional Athletic Director of the Year 2010
Recognized for administrative excellence within the campus and/or college community environment; voted on by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and sponsored by Under Armour
- Chancellor's Award for Excellence 2008 at NC State
- Chancellor's Unit Employee of the Year Award 2007 at NC State
- Gatorade Board of Directors from 2006-2008
- John B. Ross Jr. Leadership Award 2006
Presented to an outstanding individual who displays exceptional leadership skills to positively impact the Wake County hospitality industry and community; voted on by the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
- Chair of the Issues Committee for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee from 2003-09
- Chair of NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee in 2002
- NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Selection Committee Member from 1997-02
- Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors from 1997-2000
- Time Magazine’s: Person of the Week