Wes Maas

Wesley Maas has over 18 years of experience in Higher Education. Wesley is an Assistant Vice President of Undergraduate Education and Director of the Student-Athlete Academic Center at Florida International University (FIU). In his current role, Wesley is a member of the Academic & Student Affairs Leadership Team, Advancing Student Success and Career Integration Team, as well as the Internal Operations and Senior Staff Committees in the Department of Athletics. He is the chair of the Conference USA Academic Integrity Task Force, FIU Financial Literacy and FIU Communication Matrix Committees. Additionally, Wes is FIU’s Pillar Lead for the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Universities and is a renowned speaker at National events. Externally, Wes is the Chair of the Student-Athlete Advising Community, a member of the Multicultural Concerns Commission for NACADA and serves as the Director at Large for Strategic Communication for the N4A Board of Directors. Wes also serves on the N4A Finance Committee as well as the Strategic Planning Task Force. Wesley is a consultant for the N4A Academic Integrity Assessment program and sits on the NACADA NCAA Advisory Board.    

In Wes’ current position he is responsible for planning, budgeting, staffing and administering all student-athlete support services.  In his short time leading this area, the students under his umbrella posted the highest GPA in recorded history while also assisting in the retention, graduation and career placement as part of FIU’s strategic Beyond2020 plan.  Under Wes’ leadership, the student-athlete population at the University of North Florida, University of Wyoming and the University of Arizona also posted the highest GPA in their program’s history using Wes’ Objective Based Directed Study Program which emphasizes relationships and culture rather than a time-based study hall system.

Wes started his experience in academic support at Florida State University while earning a master’s degree from 2000-01.  After graduating, he accepted an Academic Coordinator position at the University of Alabama.  In 2004, Wesley moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to work as an Academic Coordinator / Tutor Coordinator at Vanderbilt University until 2006.  Wesley was then offered his first leadership position overseeing an academic support center at University of North Florida in January 2006, serving as the Associate Athletic Director of Academic Support. Wes became the Associate Athletics Director for Academic Support at the University of Wyoming in 2012 and then spent time as the Associate Athletics Director for C.A.T.S. Academic Services at the University of Arizona before accepting the position at Florida International University.

Wes graduated from Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina, in May 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management and was a member of the football team all four years. He earned a master’s degree in Sport Administration from Florida State University in the summer of 2001.  Wes is married to Alison Maas, and they have two daughters together, Emerson Avery and Nora Ellyn