May 22, 2001|
NAADD Selects 2000-01 Awards Recipients
Award recipients include John Ingram (Vanderbilt University) as the University Division Donor of the Year; Rand Schaal (University of California-Davis) as the College Division Donor of the Year; Davis Babb, associate athletics director for development, Texas Christian University, as the University Division Fund Raiser of the Year; Charles Patterson, vice president for institutional advancement, Guilford College, as the College Division Fund Raiser of the Year; Sallie Pritchard (College of Charleston) as the University Division Volunteer of the Year; and D.M. "Mac" Campbell (University of North Carolina-Pembroke) as the College Division Volunteer of the Year. Additionally, Lynn Eilefson of Fresno State, will be presented with NAADD's inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award.
The awards will be presented at NAADD's Eighth Annual Workshop, June 8-10 at the Little and Grand America Hotels in Salt Lake City, Utah. The NAADD/NACMA Awards Luncheon will take place on Sunday, June 10.
NAADD is the first organization of its kind to provide educational and networking opportunities, enhancement of acceptable operating standards and ethics, and establishment of the overall prestige and understanding of the profession of athletics development and fund raising.
NAADD is administered by NACDA, which is now in its 36th year. NACDA serves as the professional and educational association for more than 6,100 college athletics directors, associates, assistants and conference commissioners at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Throughout its series of management seminars, clinics and workshops and publication of the bi-monthly magazine Athletics Administration, NACDA offers educational opportunities to its members. More than 1,200 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, NACDA operates the Sears Directors' Cup program, which honors the all-sports champion in each of the NCAA Divisions--I, II and III--and the NAIA, for a total of four trophies.
A brief biological sketch of each of the honorees follows:
NAADD University Division Donor of the Year
John Ingram, Vanderbilt University
The Ingram family has been a proud supporter of Vanderbilt University for more than 50 years. John Ingram has continued that tradition and has been the athletics department's greatest supporter in the last five years. This includes a recent pledge of $15 million, with $5 million for the renovation of Memorial Gym. He annually gives $100,000 to the Vanderbilt Society for Coaching Excellence. Ingram is vice president of the National Commodore Club Board of Directors, co-chaired the Memorial Gym Steering Committee and chairs the Capital Campaign Board of Directors. He is a Vanderbilt season-ticket holder for football and men's and women's basketball, rarely missing a game. Ingram chairs the Owen Associates Program and is a member of the Charles Davis Foundation, an inner-city youth group fund founded by the former Commodore basketball player. Other entities that have received contributions from Ingram and his family include Vanderbilt's cancer center, which bears their last name; the Blair School of Music; several local high schools; and the Nashville Symphony. Ingram also chairs the board of the Ingram Book Group and is vice chair of Ingram Industries, Inc. He earned his undergraduate degree in English from Princeton University in 1984 and received his MBA in 1986 from Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management.
NAADD College Division Donor of the Year
Rand Schaal, University of California-Davis
Rand Schaal, a former University of California-Davis geology department lecturer, and his father, Ted, made a $1.4-million donation to the UC-Davis campus in 1998; with $1 million earmarked for building an Olympic-size pool for the athletics department. In 1996, Schaal bequest the majority of his estate, in excess of $2 million, to be divided equally between the UC-Davis aquatics and geology programs. The aquatics bequest will be used for funding travel, scholarships, equipment, assistant coaches and unrestricted aquatic-program use, ensuring the continued strength of the Aggie swimming, diving and water polo programs. Additionally, Schaal initiated two matching gift funds to encourage alumni to donate to athletics and geology. The owner of Schaal Chardonnay Vineyards, he founded and is president of the UC-Davis Geology Department Alumni Association, a chapter of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association. In 1998, Schaal was recognized by the National Society of Fund Raising Executives, Sacramento Chapter, as the Outstanding Philanthropist, its highest honor. He graduated from UC-Davis in 1973, received his master's from UCLA in 1976 and returned to UC-Davis for his doctorate in 1991. All of his degrees are in geology.
NAADD University Division Fund Raiser of the Year
Davis Babb, Associate Athletics Director for Development, Texas Christian University
Davis Babb, in his second year as associate athletics director for development at Texas Christian University, has been instrumental in raising more than $10 million for improvement of the school's athletics facilities. He has been primarily responsible for helping build a student-athlete academic center, two practice football fields, a track and field stadium and a soccer stadium. He is now heading a $7 million campaign for a state-of-the-art baseball stadium. As director of TCU's official athletics fund-raising organization, the Frog Club, Babb met or surpassed all established goals for 2000-01. Membership in the club has increased by 50 percent since his involvement, and funds raised have increased by 45 percent. The TCU advancement department recognized his efforts by presenting him with the 2000 Outstanding Achievement Award. Babb arrived at TCU as the associate athletic director for external affairs in the summer of 1998 and is credited with increasing corporate sponsorship revenue and season-ticket sales. Babb earned his bachelor's degree in speech and communications from Appalachian State University in 1978. He was a four-year letterwinner and three-year captain on the men's tennis team.
NAADD College Division Fund Raiser of the Year
Charles Patterson, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Guilford College
Charles Patterson was named vice president for institutional advancement at Guilford College in 1998, adding to his resume of more than 30 years of involvement with collegiate development. Since then, he has planned and organized a $50 million comprehensive campaign for the facility, endowment and operating needs of Guilford. With athletics a vested area of interest, he has raised more than $40 million for the cause with two years remaining in the campaign. Patterson came to Guilford from Wake Forest University, where he worked from 1984-98 and was most recently the associate athletics director for major gifts. His accomplishments at Wake Forest included spearheading campaigns for a new basketball coliseum; baseball, soccer and track stadiums; a golf complex and football fieldhouse. Patterson was also the vice chancellor for development at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro for 10 years. During that time, he organized the school's first capital campaign. He entered the athletics fund-raising arena with stints at the University of Richmond and Meredith College in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Patterson earned his degree in psychology from Davidson College in 1961.
NAADD University Division Volunteer of the Year
Sallie Pritchard, College of Charleston
Sallie Pritchard has served on the College of Charleston's Cougar Club Board of Directors and has led numerous committees. She was responsible for raising the largest public donation for a single event at the college when she chaired the athletics department auction last year. Additionally, she conceived and developed the Athena Scholarship Fund, which is dedicated to women supporting women in athletics. The effort targeted 1,000 women to donate $100 each. She and her husband, Edward, are also upper-level donors and have opened their home on many occasions for fund-raising events. Pritchard has assisted in managing the NCAA basketball tournament ticketing and seating for top-level donors since 1994, and attends most events. She is a member or serves on the board of nine other community organizations.
NAADD College Division Volunteer of the Year
D.M. "Mac" Campbell, University of North Carolina-Pembroke
D.M. "Mac" Campbell, appointed to the University of North Carolina-Pembroke Board of Trustees in 1997, has successfully revitalized the institution's athletics fund raising organization during his service as a volunteer, vice president and president of the Braves Club. Campbell has led money-making events, including dinner auctions, reverse raffles and golf tournaments, and was responsible for raising more than $60,000 for UNCP in 1999-2000, an all-time record. In addition to volunteerism, fund raising and new member recruiting for the Braves Club, Campbell has helped double the number of endowed scholarships for the athletics department from seven to 14. He, and his wife Sylvia, established the first endowed scholarship of his three-year trustee term for the men's basketball program. He is involved in 15 other clubs and community organizations, including the alma mater of his four sons, the North Carolina State University Wolfpack Club, and is president of the Campbell Oil Company and Minuteman Food Stores in his residential community of Elizabethtown, North Carolina. Campbell is a 1968 UNC-Pembroke graduate with a degree in business.
NAADD Lifetime Achievement Award
Lynn Eilefson, Fresno State
Lynn Eilefson is the inaugural recipient of NAADD's Lifetime Achievement Award. A part-time consultant for Fresno State, he retired last August from the institution after serving as director of development for the School of Education and Human Development for five years. Eilefson has been involved with athletics administration since 1960 and has captained numerous cutting-edge, fund-raising activities. His career began successfully with a 10-year stint at Montana State University. Though he initiated many programs at MSU, it was there he obtained what is believed to be the first official "courtesy car" for use in intercollegiate athletics. He also implemented the "Team Concept" of athletics fund raising prior to moving to Lawrence University (Wis.), a two-year stop before coming to Fresno State in 1972. Eilefson became the first full-time executive director of the Bulldog Foundation, building the fund-raising organization into one of the most successful in the country. A year later, he became the co-founder and co-coordinator of the National Conference for Athletic Fund Raising. In 1978, Eilefson was appointed the administrative coordinator of the Bulldog Stadium Fund Drive, an effort that netted more than $7.8 million. The drive for the 30,000-seat, on-campus stadium was the largest for private funds in central California at the time. His career also included stops at UCLA and the University of Miami. Additionally, he was director of athletics at California State University-Fullerton and San Jose State University. A native of Billings, Montana, Eilefson graduated in 1957 from the University of Montana with degrees in business administration and law.