The UCF College of Business Administration (#UCFBusiness) DeVos Sport Business Management Program invited John Skipper, president of ESPN, Inc. to speak to students as part of their Distinguished Speaker Series. The weekly presentations feature accomplished sport management professionals sharing their stories and providing their best advice on how to succeed in the industry.

Skipper joined the ESPN team in June of 1997 as senior vice president and general manager of ESPN The Magazine. Before joining ESPN The Magazine, Skipper served nearly three years as senior vice president of The Disney Publishing Group.

Other speakers presenting this month include Stacey Allaster, chairman and CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association, and Alex Martins, ’01, CEO of the Orlando Magic and a 2008 inductee of the college’s Hall of Fame.

The DeVos Sport Business Management program is an integrative “living classroom” with a rigorous and comprehensive academic schedule that keeps teams of students together throughout their coursework. In addition, graduates will be able to discover the role of sport in society; how the power of sport can help create a more inclusive society; and the responsibility of sport to use that power to make a difference.

About the College of Business Administration:

Established in 1968, the UCF College of Business Administration offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and executive levels. All programs, as well as the Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting are accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

The college provides high-quality academic programs designed to give students a competitive advantage in the world of business now and in the future. As such, the college establishes partnerships with some of the nation’s most innovative leaders to model new and best practices that harness evolving technology. In addition, the college promotes a unique culture of engagement, risk-taking, cross-disciplinary collaboration and data-driven decision making in an effort to ensure students are well prepared to enter a dynamic marketplace.

America’s Partnership University:
The University of Central Florida, the nation’s second-largest university with nearly 60,000 students, has grown in size, quality, diversity and reputation in its first 50 years. Today, the university offers more than 200 degree programs at its main campus in Orlando and more than a dozen other locations. UCF is an economic engine attracting and supporting industries vital to the region’s future while providing students with real-world experiences that help them succeed after graduation. For more information, visit