June 25, 2007
ATLANTA – Dean Buchan, the assistant athletic director for media relations at Wake Forest University for the past seven years, has been named to the same position at Georgia Tech, director of athletics Dan Radakovich announced Monday.
“Our relationship with the local and national media is a top priority,” said Radakovich. “We are very fortunate to have attracted someone with Dean’s experience and stature in the media relations field. He is extremely well-respected by the many members of the media we spoke with during the search process.”
Buchan will oversee the Yellow Jackets’ sports information office, which is responsible for conducting the media relations efforts for 17 NCAA Division I sports. He will also serve as the primary contact for Georgia Tech’s nationally-ranked football team.
Buchan served as the assistant athletic director for media relations at Wake Forest from 2000-07, were he oversaw the media relations for 16 Division I sports. While in Winston-Salem, Buchan served as the media coordinator for the 2007 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament first and second rounds and was instrumental in the improved media coverage for the entire athletic department.
“Dean gets high marks because he has worked in a tough market that is dominated by larger ACC schools,” said Tony Barnhart of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He built relationships with the media through some tough years at Wake Forest. When they did win, the media was more than ready to jump on board to cover a truly great story. He will be great for Georgia Tech.”
Buchan began his media relations career as a student assistant in the UNC Wilmington Media Relations Department in 1982 and was eventually promoted to interim sports information director. He was named the associate sports information director and publications coordinator at East Carolina in 1987 before being tabbed the sports information director at Kansas in April, 1990.
Buchan is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America, the Football Writers Association of America and the United States Basketball Writers Association. He earned his degree in education from UNC Wilmington in 1987.