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Stephen Ponder

Stephen  Ponder

Position:
Deputy Athletics Director

Alma Mater:
N.C. State, 1989

10/20/2016

Ross Bjork Named Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics

Ole Miss also announces athletics director's contract extended through 2020

06/23/2012

Swingle To Manage Facilities And Game Operations

Third New Member of Athletics Leadership Under Bjork

06/22/2012

Ole Miss Creates External Relations Unit

High-Level Administrator Stephen Ponder To Lead New Organization

In an effort to build on the foundation of Ole Miss' external efforts, Athletics Director Ross Bjork added a new multi-faceted position in the administration, announcing Stephen Ponder as the Senior Executive Associate A.D. for External Relations on June 22, 2012. In October 2016, he was named Deputy Athletics Director.

Ponder spent the previous five years at Arizona State, where he was the Senior Associate A.D. for External Relations/Executive Director of the Sun Devil Club and supervised all external areas and their 40 staff members. From 2005 to 2009, ASU's athletics fundraising increased from $7.5 to $18.5 million, and new practice facilities were constructed for both football and basketball.

A 2012 participant in the Disney Institute, Ponder also spent 16 years as a fundraiser at his alma materNorth Carolina State for the Wolfpack Club. During that period, annual giving rose from $3 million in 1991 to $9.5 million in 2005, and over his final eight years, Ponder was part of a team that secured $120 million in pledges and contributions in capital campaigns, including $55 million towards the football stadium.

A native of Marshall, North Carolina, Ponder earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from N.C. State. He earned a master's degree in sports management from Georgia Southern University.

Ponder currently serves on the Executive Committee for the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) and holds the position of 3rd Vice President.

Stephen and wife, Sloane have two sons, Stetson and Stratton.

    • Incoming Freshman Holliday Qualifies for U.S. Girls' Junior

      Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - Women's Golf

      By Alex Sims for OleMissSports.comThe strong summer for Ole Miss Rebel golf continues.The latest happening in an exciting summer in the golf house came courtesy of incoming freshman Macy Holliday. The Dallas native qualified for the 69th U.S. Girls' Junior... read more

    • Harris Advances to Semis in Georgia Match Play Championship

      Friday, June 2, 2017 - Women's Golf

      By Alex Sims for OleMissSports.comLIVE SCORING EATONTON, Ga. - Ole Miss women's golf rising senior Katy Harris is playing some excellent golf so far at the Georgia Match Play Championship, and she's feeling good for the final two rounds on... read more

    • Ole Miss Historian Recalls Early Days of CoSIDA

      Friday, May 26, 2017 - Athletics

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    • Ole Miss Wins Oxford Regional

      Sunday, May 21, 2017 - Softball

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    • Oxford Regional: Ole Miss 2, Arizona State 0

      Saturday, May 20, 2017 - Softball

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    • Oxford Regional: Ole Miss 8, Southern Illinois 0

      Friday, May 19, 2017 - Softball

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    • Game 3: Ole Miss 6, Texas A&M 3

      Sunday, May 14, 2017 - Baseball

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    • Game 2: Ole Miss 6, Texas A&M 4

      Saturday, May 13, 2017 - Baseball

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    • We Meet Again

      Thursday, May 11, 2017 -

      As the Ole Miss men's tennis team gets set for its NCAA first round match against UC Santa Barbara Friday, we throw it back to 1997, the first ever meeting between the two schools that kicked off an NCAA Tournament... read more

    • From the Tennis Court to Dr. Rangel

      Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - Women's Tennis

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    • Carter Breaks Course Record at Texas Shootout

      Friday, April 28, 2017 - Women's Golf

      By Alex Sims for OleMissSports.comIt was a special day for a Rebel great. Ole Miss Women's Golf alumna Dori Carter tied the lowest round of her career on Friday to break the course record at Las Colinas Country Club and... read more

    • Final Thoughts From The Tee Box

      Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - Women's Golf

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    • Mock Draft Roundup

      Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - Football

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    • Game 3: Ole Miss 9, Missouri 6

      Sunday, April 23, 2017 - Baseball

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    • From The Tee Box - 2017 SEC Championships - Day 2

      Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Women's Golf

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