The Business Office is the financial hub of the Athletic Department, responsible for the management of all State and Foundation funds for each sport and their supporting departments. In our highly chaotic corner of the Athletics Center, we work directly with the University's accounting, purchasing and payroll departments to insure that all expenditures and reimbursements are processed in a timely manner.
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The leader of our group is Jason Lewis, Associate Athletic Director-Business Manager. Jason joined the business office in February 2003, from Indiana University. Jason's extensive experience in the world of Athletics Business Management was also cultivated at major institutions such as the U.S. Naval Academy, New Mexico State University and Arkansas State University. As well as understanding the business side of athletics, Jason knows what it means to be a coach. He coached Women's Tennis at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, CA. He has a Master's degree in sports administration and facility management from Ohio University, a Master's degree in business administration from San Diego State University, and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration - Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Joel Atkins has been with the Business Office since 1998, and is currently the Business Manager for Operations. Her duties include assisting in the daily operations of the Business Office, as well as maintaining continuous review of the Athletic Department budgets and financial statements. Joel is a graduate of Oklahoma State University as well as a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Michelle Wilhelm has worked in the Athletic Business Office since July 2004. She is currently the Assistant Business Manager. Her duties include overseeing the daily operations of the office and maintaining the Imprest Cash and Team Travel Accounts. Michelle also manages the department's accounting software program.
Laurilyn Harris joined the Athletic Business Office in October 2003 as our Travel Coordinator. Her responsibilities include coordinating and overseeing all travel needs for the department including team, recruiting and individual travel. Prior to working at OSU, she worked as a Travel Manager for Sato Travel on several military installations and a Corporate Travel Consultant for American Express. In addition to her 14 years experience in the travel industry, she is also a Nationally Board Certified Neuromuscular Massage Therapist.
Kristy Eharis is our Purchasing Specialist. She has been with the Athletic Department since September 2007. Before joining the Business Office she was the Director of Operations for Softball for the past two years. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a double major in Sports and Exercise Science and Communications in 2005. Kristy recieved her Master's degree in Sports Management in 2007 from Old Dominion University.
Scott moved to the Athletics Business Office in September 2007 from the Ticket Office where he was the Senior Accountant. He currently oversees the accounting functions for Cowboy Athletics, Inc. and its three subsidiaries: Cowboy Athletic Facilities LLC, OSU Cowboy Dining LLC, and OSU Cowboy Golf LLC (Karsten Creek). Prior to working at OSU, Scott worked for Eide Bailly, LLP a regional CPA firm in Tulsa. At Eide Bailly, Scott was a senior associate performing financial statement audits for healthcare organizations and employee benefit plans. Scott has attained his certification as a public accountant (CPA) and fraud examiner (CFE). Scott graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2003 with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Accounting.