The University of the South athletics director Mark Webb is in
his 14th year in this position and has over 20 years of experience
in athletic management.
He arrived at Sewanee in July 1995 after 12 years in the Vanderbilt University athletic department, including the last five as assistant athletic director for internal operations. The Franklin, Tenn., native began his career in 1983 at Vanderbilt, where he served as the head track and cross-country coach. During his tenure, he directed the women's cross-country team to its highest- ever conference finish and coached Vanderbilt's first All-SEC women's crosscountry runner. Webb graduated in 1983 from Tennessee Technological University, where, as a student, he captained the cross-country team and was the school's top runner for three years. After earning his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering ('83), Webb accepted a teaching position at Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, and at the same time coached cross country at Vanderbilt. While continuing to coach, he entered Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management in 1985. He earned his master's degree in 1987 and spent a year at First American Trust Company before returning to Vanderbilt in 1988. He is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.
Webb is married to the former Melissa Thompson who is a graduate of Ole Miss. The Webbs live in Sewanee and have two children, Sam, 16, and Anne Russell, 12.