Welch Suggs is visiting associate professor in the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia. He joined the Grady College faculty in July 2011 after careers as a journalist, as a policy advocate, and as a university administrator. After internships at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, and the Memphis Business Journal, Suggs began his journalism career at The Kansas City Star, covering the headquarters of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and its decision to relocate from Overland Park, Kan., to Indianapolis. He covered sports and energy for the Dallas Business Journal and was part of the original reporting staff at the launch of Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal, where he covered stadium and arena issues, college sports, and women's sports.
The Chronicle of Higher Education hired him to be the newspaper's lead reporter on college sports in 1998, and in 2002 he was promoted to senior editor. He left the Chronicle in 2005 to return to his home state of Georgia and published his first book, A Place on the Team: The Triumph and Tragedy of Title IX (2005) with Princeton University Press. The book was critically acclaimed as the definitive work on the evolution of the law guaranteeing equal access to educational opportunities for men and women, particularly as it applies to sports, and was a finalist for a "Billie" award for outstanding journalism from the Women's Sports Foundation.From 2005 to 2007, Suggs served as associate director for the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. In 2007, University of Georgia president Michael F. Adams hired Suggs for his staff to liaise with the UGA Athletic Association, the NCAA, the Office of University Architects and other units on campus. He is recognized as a leading expert on policy issues in college athletics and women's sports, and has made numerous appearances on television and radio