Tim Downes

The Westminster Schools picked a director of athletics and recreation at Emory University to serve as its next athletics director.

The Buckhead-based private school announced on Jan. 8 that Tim Downes would succeed Rusty Hudson, who is retiring at the end of the school year after working at Westminster since 1997.

“We are immensely grateful to Rusty Hudson for his significant contributions to Westminster’s athletic program, and there is no doubt that Tim Downes will continue building upon this impressive legacy,” Keith Evans, President of The Westminster Schools, said in a press release.

Rusty Hudson

“Tim brings a track record of success in nurturing the athletic and academic achievements of student-athletes and a genuine passion for Westminster. We are absolutely thrilled he will be joining us beginning July 1.”

Downes joined Emory University as the director of athletics and recreation in August 2007. During his tenure, Westminster Schools said, Downes has served as the principal administrator for the university’s intercollegiate and recreation programs, including overseeing 18 intercollegiate programs and a recreation program consisting of club sports, intramurals, physical education and fitness.

Under his leadership, Emory teams have won eight NCAA championships and 56 University Athletic Association Championships, Westminster said, and the school’s athletes have received 44 Academic All-America honors and 32 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. In May 2014, Downes was named Under Armour’s Division III Athletic Director of the Year.

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