Dr. Lance Jasitt serves as Assistant Athletics Director for Academics and Student Welfare.
Dr. Jasitt plays a key role in the academic success of each of Tech’s varsity student-athletes, managers, and graduate assistants. His primary goals are to provide guidance and coordinate academic resources to permit student-athletes to maintain their academic eligibility under NCAA rules and help them progress to graduation. In this process, Dr. Jasitt serves as a primary liaison between coaches and faculty.
A detail-oriented professional, Dr. Jasitt has developed a solid understanding of the operations of the Athletics Department, the staff and the needs of its student-athletes.
In addition to his administrative role within Athletics, Dr. Jasitt is also highly involved in promoting reading and literacy at all age levels. He was the 2008-09 president of the TTU Council of the International Reading Association and has co-taught a graduate-level linguistics course for several years. He served on the President’s Commission on the Status of Women for seven years and has been a member of the President’s Commission on the Status of Blacks since 2014.
Raised in York, Pennsylvania, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University in 1978 and added a master’s in Public Administration from Valdosta State University in 1987. In 1993, he received a master’s degree in Education from Old Dominion University and added a PhD in Literacy Education from Tennessee Tech in 2004.
Dr. Jasitt is a former Commander in the U.S. Navy. His wife, Donna White Jasitt, is a former Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve. They have two children, Ian and Meagan, who are both Tech alumni. Ian earned a master’s degree in Professional Sciences with a concentration in Environmental Informatics in 2016. He hopes to pursue a career in environmental science, conservation or natural resources management. Meagan graduated in 2013 and in 2016 married Zachary Ripley, who she met while on an 11-month round-the-world mission trip in 2014-15. Meagan and Zach anticipate moving to Spain in late 2017 to work for G42 Leadership Academy.