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Tyler named new AD at Barton

Ken Tyler was named vice president for athletics at Barton College, the NCAA Division II institution announced Tuesday, Aug. 29. Tyler replaces Todd Wilkinson, who accepted a similar position at USC Aiken in January. Britney Woodhull-Smith was the interim athletic director after Wilkinson’s departure. Barton College

Ken Tyler is the new athletic director at Barton College as the NCAA Division II institution announced the former AD at the Div. II and Div. III levels as its vice president for athletics in a release Tuesday morning.

Tyler, who most recently worked as an advancement officer for major gifts at Episcopal High School outside of Washington D.C., spent six years as AD and department chair at University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Prior to that, Tyler was AD at West Virginia Wesleyan.

Tyler replaces Todd Wilkinson, who stepped down in January after seven years as Barton’s director of athletics to accept a similar position at USC Aiken in South Carolina. Britney Woodhull-Smith had been serving as interim AD since Wilkinson’s departure.

“Mr. Tyler is a consummate professional who is deeply committed to students and student learning,” Barton President Douglas Searcy said in the release. “He has led successfully at the Division II and Division III levels and has a proven record of developing champions on and off the field. His focus has always been on student success, winning on the field and court, while growing excellent citizens and scholars.” 

Tyler will oversee 25 NCAA-sponsored intercollegiate programs at Barton as well as two nonsponsored intercollegiate teams with more than 700 student-athletes at Barton.

Tyler was a basketball player at Div. I William and Mary, from which he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history and education, respectively, as well as an executive education certificate in business management. He started out teaching high school history and coaching basketball before landing an assistant position at East Stroudsburg University before climbing the coaching ladder with stops at Roanoke College and James Madison University.

Tyler would go on to become head coach and assistant AD, first at Albright College and then Div. II Shepherd University before landing again at West Virginia Wesleyan. 

“I am looking forward to joining Barton College and leading and developing a sense of distinction for our student athletes, as well as working with faculty, coaches, and administrators to support this community of student learners,” said Tyler in the release.