Sean Lester was named Interim Athletics Director on May 21, 2018. He joined the Kansas Athletics department in September of 2003 as an Associate Athletics Director and also served as Interim Athletics Director from September, 2010 until February, 2011.
In July, 2011, Lester was named Senior Associate Athletics Director. He was promoted to Deputy Athletics Director in January, 2013.
During his time at Kansas, Lester has placed a significant emphasis on revenue generation, budget management, fundraising and capital projects. He has been instrumental in all facets of Kansas Athletics’ expansion of facilities, such as: the indoor football facility, Rock Chalk Park, baseball’s clubhouse/locker room facility, updated Hoglund Ballpark, the Rowing Boathouse, Anderson Family Football Complex at Kivisto Field and the 2009 renovations at Allen Fieldhouse, the Parrott Athletic Center and Anschutz Pavilion.
Lester directly oversees the Jayhawk men’s basketball and baseball programs. He came to KU from the University of Connecticut, where he spent eight years (1996-2003) as a senior administrator. In his role at UConn, Lester worked with several areas, running the day-to-day internal operations and was the tournament director for a number of men’s and women’s NCAA Championships. He also negotiated marketing contracts and helped to successfully re-shape internal operations.
Lester received a master’s degree in education in 1995 with a concentration in sport administration from the University of Connecticut. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Eastern Connecticut State University. He was also awarded a certificate of completion in 2003 from the Sports Management Institute, Consortium of the Universities of North Carolina and Southern California.
A native of Mansfield, Connecticut, Lester resides in Lawrence with his wife, Christine, and sons, Mason and Owen.