Professor Howell is the Program Director of the online Collegiate Athletics Graduate Program at the University of San Francisco. The program is developed and designed by some of the industry's most highly regarded sport executives, athletics administrators, business entrepreneurs and technology leaders. This executive engagement is a defining feature of the program and a cornerstone of the student career development strategy.
A professor at the USF since 1997, Howell was the first full time professor hired into the on-campus Sport Management Master's Program where he has taught numerous courses that focus on the intersection of sport, culture and commerce. He has since held multiple roles at the institution. In 2010 he was part of a three-member Interim Athletic Director team that oversaw all operations of USF's Athletic Department. He is currently the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative and sits on the Executive Council of the West Coast Conference. He is also a member of the President's Commission on Heath Education initiatives at USF.
Professor Howell has extensive industry experience and consults with both profit and not-for-profit organizations on business operations, product development, employee continuing education, corporate social responsibility and strategic philanthropy.Most notably, from 1997-2008 he developed the award winning philanthropic initiatives for Western Athletic Clubs, a health club and sport resort corporation owned by The Atlantic Philanthropies, a charitable foundation created by 'Chuck' Feeney, co-founder of Duty Free Shoppers, the world's largest duty free retail chain. The Atlantic Philanthropies have made grants totaling more than $7.8 billion as of july 2013. Governed by Chuck's philosophy of Giving While Living and Professor Howell's direct leadership, Western Athletic Clubs allocated millions of dollars to international and national agencies focusing on exercise and healthy aging, disease prevention and child health.
In 2008 Professor Howell received the USF St. Ignatius Award, the highest University award given to the faculty person that best personifies the meaning of service to his community, profession and university. In 2013 he received USF's Innovation in Technology award for his work in developing online and digitally driven education.
Ph.D University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
MS University of Washington, Seattle
BA. University of Wales
NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative
Executive Council, West Coast Conference