ORLANDO, Fla. -

The University of Central Florida announced Todd Stansbury as its new director of athletics on Tuesday.

Officials said Stansbury, who was the Oregon State University Executive Associate Athletic Director, will lead the Knights athletics program, with a tentative start date of March 1.

Until March, retired Navy Vice Admiral Al Harms, a UCF vice president, will continue to serve as interim director of athletics.

Stansbury supervised the $56 million budget for the Oregon State program that features 17 sports and more than 500 student-athletes.

"This is an exciting time to be a Knight, and I am honored and thankful to be here," Stansbury said in a release.  "Around the country, UCF is known as a successful program ready to take the next step onto the national stage. I look forward to returning soon and working with our athletics and university staff, student-athletes and coaches to take UCF to the next level."

Stansbury received a bachelor’s degree in industrial management from Georgia Tech and a master's in sports administrations from Georgia State University.