Chicago State University

Athletic Director, Elliot Charles' First CSU Days

Elliot CharlesChicago, IL – Elliot Charles began his official first day as Chicago State’s new Athletics Director on Monday, December 16, 2019. He started the week meeting with coaches, athletics staff and administrators. Later this week, he plans to meet and listen to student athletes and attend campus sporting events.

“As an immediate priority, I will make myself available to meet and listen to our student-athletes, coaches, and staff,” said Charles. “Also, it is an exciting time to be a Cougar, and I look forward to engaging former student-athletes, partner organizations, the campus community and fans.” On his first day, Charles also met Board of Trustee members during the University’s scheduled board meeting.

Charles came to Chicago State after two years at Clemson University, a Division 1, Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) program, with 256 employees, 19 sports and 500 student athletes.  As Associate Director for Compliance Services at Clemson, he was responsible for day-to-day operations of the department with direct oversight of compliance and student services for athletics.  He was also a faculty member in the Athletic Leadership Program in Clemson’s College of Education.

Prior to Clemson University, Charles served as Deputy Director of Athletics at Florida A&M University, Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance at the University of South Florida, Assistant Director of Athletic Compliance at the University of Alabama and the Assistant Commissioner for Compliance in the Mid-American Conference. 

Charles succeeded Eric Hyman, Interim Athletics Director who temporarily oversaw the department while the university searched for a permanent AD.