Bill Shumard, President & CEO
Bill Shumard has served as President/CEO of Special Olympics Southern California since June 2005, taking over the leadership role of the organization after spending five years as a volunteer member of SOSC's Board of Directors.
Under Shumard's leadership, SOSC is now recognized as one of Special Olympics' premier programs in the world-wide movement that serves nearly 5 million athletes in 180 countries. SOSC is served by 65 full-time employees and approximately 15,000 volunteers, operating annually on approximately $17 million ($5 million in-kind), and serving an 11-county region that reaches from San Diego to San Luis Obispo.
Athlete growth has nearly doubled to nearly 18,000 during Shumard's tenure, while the average age of SOSC's athlete has dropped from 37 to 22. This is largely due to the highly successful School Partnerships Program, which now accounts for more than 50% of SOSC's athletes.
SOSC has served as the host program for Special Olympics' U.S. Business Meeting (2007) and the International Law Enforcement Torch Run Conference (2010), along with being awarded the bid for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games—the largest sporting and humanitarian event in the world. In addition, the organization continues to serve as a movement leader in the areas of sports programming, revenue generation and technology best practices, earning numerous “Program Innovation Awards” from Special Olympics North America.
Prior to coming to SOSC, Shumard enjoyed a long and successful career in sports management at the professional and collegiate levels, enjoying associations with teams and programs that enjoyed both competitive and financial success. After receiving his Bachelor's degree in journalism from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) in 1972, Shumard was named as CSULB's Sports Information Director. One year later, he moved to California State University, Los Angeles to assume the same position for two years.
Shumard joined the Los Angeles Dodgers organization in 1975 and was part of the organization's unparalleled business success for the next 12 years. During that span, the Dodgers won a World Championship and participated in three World Series; hosted the 1980 All-Star Game and the 1984 Olympic baseball competition. The franchise drew a record-setting three million fans in six different seasons—a mark no other club had achieved up to that point. As Director of Community Services & Special Events, Shumard coordinated the Dodgers' many successful community outreach programs and a host of the franchise's most popular promotions, including Opening Day, Old-Timer's Day and Hollywood Stars Night.
In 1988, Shumard left the Dodger organization to become the Executive Director of USC's Athletic Centennial, later becoming an assistant athletic director. During his tenure at USC, the Trojans participated in three Rose Bowls and he was part of a development staff that raised more than $7 million annually to support the program. He also served in a leadership role in the formation of The Sports Management Institute, a certificate program for high-level professional and collegiate executives to further professional development.
Shumard was named Director of Athletics at Cal State Fullerton in 1991, a position he held until 1994. Two of his teams reached NCAA Championship status, with the baseball team finishing as national runner-up in the 1992 College World Series and the men's soccer team competing in the NCAA Final Four in 1993.
Shumard came full circle when he returned to his alma mater, CSULB, where he served as Executive Director of Athletics until coming to SOSC in 2005. Shumard was the second-longest tenured AD in CSULB history. During his tenure, the department tripled the graduation rate of its student-athletes and raised more than $7 million for capital projects, which included the naming of The Pyramid by Mike and Arline Walter and the building of new student-athlete academic and fitness centers. CSULB was also a perennial mid-major power, finishing in the top 100 five times in the annual Director's Cup competition. Several teams were nationally ranked each year, and CSULB alumni in the professional ranks include Misty May-Treanor, Troy Tulowitzki, Evan Longoria and Jered Weaver. Shumard hired two coaches -- Rick Azevedo (Men's Water Polo) and Alan Knipe (Men's Volleyball) -- who went on to become head coaches of USA Olympic teams. During his tenure, Long Beach State hosted a number of NCAA regional and national championship competitions, bringing valuable exposure and additional revenue to the university and city.
Shumard serves on the Executive Committee of the United States Leadership Council for Special Olympics. He also serves as Chair of CSULB's Advisory Council for the Graduate Program in Sport Management (a program he helped found in 1999) and he is a member of the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Sports Council; the Columbian Foundation (Knights of Columbus); the International City Racing Foundation; and the Sports Business Institute at USC. He is also Past Chair of the Governing Council for the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership in the College of Business at CSULB.
Shumard and his wife, Kim, have been married since 1988 and are longtime residents of Brea. They have three grown sons and four grandchildren.