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The purpose of this research study was to analyze the Vanderbilt University athletics program to determine what motivated the 2003 structural shift, what differences exist between the old and new program structure, whether the changes have accomplished the goals set forth by Chancellor Gordon Gee, and how they have affected the athletics program. Interviews with members of the Vanderbilt University community revealed that Chancellor Gee sought integration of athletics into the university when he made changes in 2003, and that there are in fact structural differences in the current athletics program administration versus the previous and traditional athletics department. No quantitative measure exists to determine a causational relationship between the new structure and Vanderbilt’s athletics performance, but subjects and data reveal that the changes have not been detrimental to the program. The biggest challenge, according to most subjects, is fighting negative perceptions of the revised structure.