|Position:||Senior Associate Athletics Director -- Development|
Rick Beasley joined the Georgia State Department of Athletics in January of 2016 and currently serves as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development. With this role, Beasley oversees all aspects of fundraising and development for Georgia State Athletics, including the Panther Athletic Club. He also serves as the sport administrator for men and women’s golf.
Beasley came to Georgia State following a successful career at Appalachian State where he had been a part of the athletics administration since 2006, including a stint as interim director of athletics. He joined the Appalachian State athletics staff as a senior associate athletics director and was promoted to deputy athletics director in 2014. In his role, Beasley served as the athletics department’s chief development officer and was heavily involved in the department’s day-to-day operations.
Appalachian State enjoyed unprecedented fundraising success under Beasley’s leadership as the Yosef Club (fundraising arm of athletics) raised at least $1 million in each of Beasley’s eight full years at the University and surpassed the $3 million during his final two years.
An All-America wide receiver at Appalachian State from 1977-80, Beasley set seven school records during his playing career and remains the program’s all-time leader in yards per reception (17.6) and 100-yard games (16) in a career. In addition to being named a second-team Associated Press All-American in 1979, he was also the Southern Conference Male Athlete of the Year in 1979-80, a three-time all-conference performer and an academic all-conference honoree.
For 17 years prior to his return to Appalachian State (1989-2006), Beasley served as the city manager for Conover, N.C. As city manager, he served at the pleasure of the city council and was responsible for the administration of all city departments. Beasley was also the town manager of Scotland Neck, N.C. (1985-89) and an assistant city manager in Lenoir, N.C. (1982-85).
Beasley earned both a B.A. in political science with a minor in economics and a M.A. with a concentration in local government from Appalachian State.