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Christian SpearsChristian Spears

Lecturer in Law

Christian Spears is in his third year as the Deputy Director of Athletics for Eastern Michigan University. Spears arrived in Ypsilanti following a five-year tenure in the Northern Illinois University Athletics Department. 

A part of the athletic department’s Executive Leadership Team, Spears oversees the External Division including development, marketing, corporate partnership efforts, fan experience and media relations. He also leads strategies to increase ticket sales, merchandise and other revenue streams. In addition, Spears assists with the administration of the football program and is responsible for football scheduling.

Before coming to EMU, Spears served as the Deputy Director of Athletics and as the sport administrator for the NIU football team. He also served as the acting director of athletics for nearly five months while NIU conducted a national search for their new Director of Athletics following the football team’s Orange Bowl appearance in 2013. 

While at NIU, Spears’ responsibilities included serving as the primary liaison between several campus units and Intercollegiate Athletics, including Academic Affairs and Student Affairs as well as the Office of General Counsel.

In addition to his duties at NIU, Spears served as president of the National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC) in 2012-13 and on the NAAC Board of Directors from 2008-14.  

Spears is a graduate of the University of Washington, where he majored in political science. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Long Beach State University in 1998 and he received his Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law in 2002.

Last Updated: 4/2/18