Sept. 12, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University Athletics Director Jim Schaus announced today the addition of Tim Knavel, who was named the department's Associate Athletic Director for Business Operations. In his new role, Knavel will serve as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the athletic department.
"Tim Knavel brings a wealth of experience in athletic business operations and will be a valuable member of our senior management team," Schaus said.
Knavel comes to Ohio University after spending 16 years at Towson University where he served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Business Operations in Baltimore, Md. He also spent 13 years with the Marriott Corporation, the first six at the processing center in Buffalo, N.Y. and the last seven as controller of various client-owned properties.
"I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity both professionally and personally," Knavel said. "It really seems to be the ideal fit and I look forward to serving Ohio Athletics for many years to come."
During his time at Towson, Knavel played a key role in fiscal planning, budgeting and capital project planning. During his tenure with the Tigers, the department never operated in the red. He also worked with the NCAA to schedule and coordinate annual audits.
In addition, Knavel also played a role within the department's fundraising initiatives as he attended various donor events to help cultivate long-term partnerships.
Knavel brings with him 29 years of experience in financial accounting and analysis. Knavel earned his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Niagara University in 1983 before he went back to school to receive his Master's Degree in Human Resource Development from Towson in 2004.