ST.LOUIS – Washington University in St. Louis Director of Athletics Anthony J. Azama announced that Chris Mitchell has resigned from his position as Assistant Athletic Director for Communications.
Mitchell’s last day at WashU will be on August 14.
Mitchell has accepted a position in his hometown of Granite City, Ill., as Manager of District Communications with the Granite City Community Unit School District No. 9.
“Thank you for allowing me to be part of the WashU family for almost 20 years. Having the opportunity to work with our student-athletes, coaches and staff has truly been a privilege that I did not take for granted,” said Mitchell. “WashU is a very special place, and I am very thankful that John Schael and Joe Worlund gave me a chance to be a Bear in 2001.”
For nearly 20 years Mitchell has worked in the athletic communications office at WashU, including leading the office the past 17 years. He recently completed his sixth year as Assistant Athletic Director for Communications.
Mitchell was responsible for all strategic communications for WashU’s 19 athletic programs, including directing all media, public relations and social networking efforts.
In addition to managing the department’s official website (WashUBears.com), he oversaw all video coverage and helped introduce four social media outlets for the Bears, including WashU’s presence on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, as well as the YouTube channel. In 2008, he debuted the WashU Sports Network, which annually streams over 100 live home events.
“While Chris is the best sport information director in the country, it doesn’t define the impact he has had for two decades on WashU scholar-champions’ lives during their college experience and beyond graduation,” said Azama. “He led with his passion for highlighting the WashU athletics experience while simultaneously impacting coaches and staff with his daily energy and enthusiasm. Big heart, positive attitude and committed to WashU!”
During his time on the Danforth Campus, Mitchell helped promote 12 NCAA Division III national championships, 149 conference titles, 142 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-Americans and two NCAA Woman of the Year recipients.
Mitchell has been an active member of COSIDA, and recently completed his fifth year as chair of the Goodwill and Wellness Committee. He was named the 2018 Warren Berg Award for his outstanding contributions to the field of college athletic communications, and the 2020 President’s Award for and exemplary volunteer service and leadership.