Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. - Below are comments from various individuals about the appointment of Lake Superior State University Athletics Director Dr. David Paitson, a dynamic and creative leader with over 25 years of comprehensive management and executive marketing success with intercollegiate, minor and major league sports franchises.
Dr. Peter T. Mitchell
Lake Superior State University
"Dr. Paitson combines strong academic credentials with a successful track record both in intercollegiate athletics and professional sports. His marketing expertise and management acumen are exactly what Lake State needs to revitalize athletics on campus and expand our fan base throughout the Eastern Upper Peninsula. David's commitment to athletics enhancing the undergraduate experience for all students and being a source of pride will build on the role and reputation of Laker sports teams through the years. Dr. Paitson's leadership style of principle-centered passion aligns with LSSU's commitment to an intercollegiate athletics program marked by integrity, sportsmanship and academic excellence."
Associate Athletics Director
Old Dominion University
"Lake Superior State has made a terrific choice in David Paitson as their new Director of Athletics. David is a veteran of both college and professional sports and brings with him a wealth of experience, talent and prior success. I had the pleasure of working with David at Sam Houston State University and I've always admired the achievements he's created at Sam Houston State. David will undoubtedly be a very successful athletic director."
Learfield Licensing Partners
"Lake Superior State University is gaining a valuable asset to their athletic program and university. I have no doubt that David's passion and desire to push programs forward will be a key driver to an enhanced student-athletic experience and overall department success."
Lone Star Sports & Entertainment
"We enjoyed our eight-year working relationship with David as partners on the premier FCS football event in the country, the Battle of the Piney Woods presented by H-E-B. His creativity and leadership helped to take an event that drew an average 7,000-8,000 fans on campus to one that has averaged 25,000+ fans over the past seven years and had seven straight record crowds since moving to Houston's NRG Stadium, including last year's 27,420 attendees. More importantly, he helped build an event that has significant positive impact beyond the football field on the University community as a whole. The Battle of the Piney Woods presented by H-E-B plays a significant role in enhancing the visibility of the Sam Houston State University brand as well as the experience of both students on campus and the student athletes involved. We appreciate his friendship and partnership over the years and wish nothing but the best for David in his new role with Lake Superior State University."
Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations
Sam Houston State University
""I have thoroughly enjoyed working with David Paitson over the last several years at Sam Houston State University. David is a wonderful colleague, and someone I have come to value as a good friend. His leadership and vision propelled the Sam Houston athletic program to achieve success at the highest levels. David worked tirelessly to increase event attendance, increase revenue streams through sponsorships, engage more alumni and friends of the university, and provide fans with a better athletic event experience. He will be truly missed here at Sam Houston and I wish David and his family the very best."