Motlow State Community College recently welcomed John Chandler III, Ph.D., as dean of athletics and physical education. He replaces Dan McShea, who had served as interim director of athletics since August 2018.
Chandler comes to Motlow from San Jose State University in California, where he served as assistant director of academic success and services. He inherits a Motlow athletic department that consists of five sports: baseball, softball, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s soccer.
“Dr. Chandler’s charge is to continue the proud heritage crafted by the Motlow Bucks from decades past,” said Motlow President Michael Torrence. “We expect his vision and resolve to match the devotion of his predecessors. Further, we see a developed path that supports student success, academic program development and athletic team excellence.
“Dr. Chandler and our campus leaders are here to further the personal and professional leadership opportunities in our communities too. We want at Motlow State student-athletes, as we do with all students, prepared for success,” Torrence added. “Moreover, we also want to intentionally develop and hone our students’ ability to rebound from failure so that they can enjoy winning in the game of life.”
Prior to his time at San Jose State, Chandler served as an academic advisor at Georgia State University in Atlanta in 2015-16, where he led academic advising initiatives for 385 arts and sciences students. He served as development and sponsorship coordinator at Undefeated Chicago from 2012-15, where he directed external affairs, sales, solicitation, presentation and marketing for a $48 million athletic facility.
Chandler was athletic director at Malcom X College in Chicago from 2012-14, where he provided strategic leadership and operations management for the athletic department.
He earned his Ph.D. in athletic administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, his Ed.S. in instructional leadership and technology and his master’s degree in secondary education from Tennessee Tech University, and his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Kansas, where he played varsity football for the Jayhawks.
Among Chandler’s first orders of business upon his arrival was to accompany the Motlow women’s soccer team on their recent trip to Belize. The Lady Bucks, who won the first Tennessee Community College Athletic Association/Region VII championship last season, were hosted by the Belize National Soccer Federation and played two games against Belize national teams, splitting the outcomes.