Dr. Ted Leland returned to University of the Pacific on January 1, 2006 as Vice President for University Advancement. He had an immediate impact as he reorganized the University’s annual giving operation under the umbrella of the new “Pacific Fund” and began awarding Pacific Fund Grants to deserving undergraduates by the spring of 2007. He then helped secure the largest gift in school history in May 2007 as the University announced a $100 million bequest from the estate of Robert and Jeannette Powell.
On July 1, 2011 Leland was named Vice President for External Relations and Director of Athletics. Since taking over as Pacific’s Director of Athletics he immediately reinvigorated the Athletics annual giving operation as he transformed the Pacific Tigers Athletics Association back into the Pacific Athletic Foundation (PAF). In three short years, PAF fundraising grew from $144,000 in FY’12 up to $475,000 by FY’16. Leland oversees Pacific Athletics 5-year Strategic Plan, and his greatest legacy, the Athletics Facilities Master Plan which includes a myriad of facility upgrades including recently completed projects such as a new Field Hockey Turf Field ($721K), the Raney Beach Volleyball Courts ($312K), Bill Simoni Field upgrades (softball dugouts, lights and scoreboard) ($232K), Chris Kjeldsen Pool upgrades (lights and bleachers) ($177K), and a baseball covered performance facility ($855K). Additional projects underway include the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center ($4.2M) and renovations to the Alex G. Spanos Center (estimated $20M).
Leland assisted President Eibeck in striking a deal to bring Pacific home to the West Coast Conference in 2013. The Tigers were one of the original members of the league formed in 1952, but left after the 1971 season. The high level of competition and similar institutions were just a pair of reasons that Pacific was poised for a return to the league of which it was a founding institution.
Helping Pacific to make innovative changes, he brought in Sparta Performance Science to increase athlete performance and take student-athletes to a higher level of excellence. He also spearheaded the Tigers’ Training Table supplying several programs with meals on a daily basis tailored specifically for fueling athletic performance. He brought in Nike and Apple Computer as apparel and technology providers for the entire department.
Since Leland took the helm, the Tigers have taken home four conference titles, while qualifying for postseason competition 12 times. Included in those performances was an outstanding run by Pacific Men’s Water Polo in 2013, which saw the Tigers ranked No. 1 in the nation for four weeks and advancing to the NCAA National Championship game. Pacific Women’s Basketball has been on an outstanding run over the last four years, winning a Big West Conference title and advancing to the WNIT in four straight years. Tiger Men’s Basketball has made two postseason appearances under Leland, including an NCAA Second Round finish in 2013. Not only are Tiger student-athletes successful on the field and in the arena, but also over half of Pacific’s student-athletes have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better.
Devoted to service in college athletics and his community, Leland is Board Chair of the Sutter Health Valley Area Safety & Quality Committee and serves on the board of the Sutter Central Valley Hospitals and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation. Leland also serves on the board of Community Foundation of San Joaquin Community. He is former Chair for Stockton Unified School District – Measure C & Q Citizen Oversight Committee and the USA Volleyball Foundation Board. He has also served as a member of the National Advisory Board of the Positive Coaching Alliance, Miracle Mile Improvement Association Board of Directors, San Joaquin Partnership, and USA Volleyball Board of Directors.
Leland was named the Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics at Stanford University on June 7, 1991, and was the guiding force in leading an athletics program that was voted as "the most admired collegiate athletic program in the nation." From 1991-2005 Stanford won 57 national colligate championships, yielding Leland the distinction of having won more national college championships that any other Athletics Director in NCAA history. These championships were won in 14 different sports, also an achievement unmatched by any other Athletics Director in NCAA history. Finally, Stanford won six National titles in 1996-97, giving Leland the honor of having won more championships in one year than any other Athletics Director in NCAA history. Cardinal teams consistently competed for the national championship in virtually each sport every year. In 2004-05 alone, Stanford had 26 programs finish in the Top 25 nationally, including 10 in the Top 5 and 16 in the Top 10.
From 1995-2005, Stanford athletics won 11 straight NACDA Directors Cups, emblematic of the most successful NCAA Division 1 athletic program.
In the area of fundraising, the Athletics department raised over $270 million in private donations, and its assets and endowments grew from $52 million to $374.9 million during Leland's tenure. In addition, approximately $3854 million in new or renovated athletic facilities were completed and funded.
Leland has served on numerous national athletics committees throughout his career including the Division I NCAA Committee on Infractions, the NACDA Executive Committee, chaired the NCAA Water Polo Committee, and the NCAA Ad Hoc Committee on Student Athletic Employment. In June of 2002, Leland was named a co-chairman of the United States Secretary of Education's Commission on Opportunity in Athletics. The 15-member panel examined ways of strengthening enforcement of Title IX and expanding opportunities to ensure fairness for all college athletes.
In addition to Stanford and Pacific, Leland was also the Athletic Director at Dartmouth College from 1983-89. His other career stops have included Northwestern University, where he was a Senior Associate Athletic Director from 1981-83 and the University of Houston as an Assistant Athletic Director from 1979-81. He was an assistant football coach and instructor of physical education at Stanford in 1978-79.
Leland grew up in Northern California, graduated from Hayward High School and later attended Chabot College. He earned both his Bachelor's (1970) and Master's (1972) degrees from the University of the Pacific, prior to adding a Ph.D. from Stanford in 1982 in education/sports psychology.
While an undergraduate at Pacific, Leland earned First Team All-PCAA football honors as a defensive end in 1969, was named all-conference football player, and won the team’s Most Valuable Player award as a senior. He was also a member of the track and rugby teams, and was founder of the local chapter of SAE. He later coached football at Pacific, Stanford and East Tennessee State.
He later coached football at Pacific, Stanford and East Tennessee State. He held the position of "adjunct professor" at Dartmouth College, Pacific and Stanford, teaching courses in Sports Psychology and the Philosophy of Sport.
As he continues a remarkable career, Leland has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of eight different organizations including University of the Pacific, Chabot College, Stanford University and Stockton Hall of Fame.
Leland and his wife Stefanie have two adult children: Amanda and Bo. Bo is married to Becky Bonner Leland and has a daughter Emeline Kathryn Leland.