NAADD Announces 2011 Award Winners
March 7, 2011
CLEVELAND – The National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) has announced the recipients of its 2011 Lifetime Achievement, Donor of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Fundraiser of the Year Awards. Award winners will be honored Friday, June 17 at the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Luncheon, held in conjunction with the 46th Annual NACDA Convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Fla.
2010-11 NAADD awards recipients:
Lifetime Achievement Award
Jack Thompson is Georgia Tech’s senior associate director of athletics for development and senior director of development of the Alexander-Tharpe Fund, the fundraising arm of the Georgia Tech Athletic Association. Thompson has been a member of the Georgia Tech athletics department for 43 years, joining the staff in 1968.
Under Thompson’s leadership, Georgia Tech has a 14-year record of being among the leaders of the Atlantic Coast Conference, as well as the nation, in per capita fundraising; with gifts and pledges totaling more than $170 million in the past six years. In 2007, Georgia Tech was recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education ranking 18th overall in total donations among the six major Division I conferences.
During his career, Thompson has led successful campaigns, including the $20 million Olympic campaign from 1995-1999 and the $50 million BCA campaign from 2001-04.
Additional positions of service that Thompson has held include: President, National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD); Vice President, Georgia Tech Charitable Life Inc.; board member, Atlanta Midtown Alliance; Atlanta Intown Chamber of Commerce; American Community Service Network and Atlanta Midtown Business Association.
In 2004, Thompson was named an honorary member of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association. In addition, Thompson was recognized by NAADD as their 2005 Fundraiser of the Year and is a Past President of the Association.
Donor of the Year (University Division)
As a passionate advocate for Falcon athletics and academic programs for nearly 50 years, Dr. Kermit Stroh is among the most valued donors to Bowling Green State University (BGSU).
The fingerprints of Dr. Stroh’s altruism have touched many on the BGSU campus, though his generosity and special interest in athletics recently culminated in the second largest gift in University history, $8 million. His contribution to BGSU in 2008 was the most significant single gift given to support the construction of the new $36 mission athletics arena and convocation center.
The Stroh Center, a 5,000-seat venue to house the basketball and volleyball athletics programs, will be completes in September 2011. Dr. Stroh is a faithful supporter of college athletics, giving generously to the Sebo Athletic Center, the Doyt Perry Stadium enhancement project, Ice Arena renovations and Coaches’ Fund for Excellence. He remains consistently involved in The Presidents Club and Falcon Club, and annually maintains his premium seating at BGSU events.
Dr. Stroh and his former company, Moulton Gas, have also invested in the Peregrine Society Scholarship, Aviation Studies, WBGU-TV and the Trustees Leadership Scholarship. The accomplished philanthropist also volunteered as co-chairman of the successful $146.5 million Building Dreams Campaign and served nine years on the University’s Board of Trustees (two as chairman). BGSU recognized his service with the distinction of an honorary doctorate in 2002.
Donor of the Year (College Division)
Lee and Penny Anderson are responsible for the largest single donation by an individual to a college or university in Minnesota history when they gave $60 million to the University of St. Thomas that helped fund three major projects. The Anderson’s gift launched the university’s $500 million “Opening Doors” capital campaign, which provided the funding for the athletics and recreation complex (completed in 2010), the adjacent student center (to be completed in 2012) and a 725-car parking facility that will all be named in their honor.
The Anderson’s have also been strong financial supporters of scholarships at St. Thomas and St. Thomas’ humanitarian activities in the Caribbean and with international students from all over the world. Mr. Anderson is a member of St. Thomas’ Board of Trustees, the St. Thomas School of Law Board of Governors and was also given an honorary doctorate from the institution.
In addition, the Anderson’s are actively involved in the community through service on a number of boards and corporations. They also give generously to a variety of other education, health association, social service, children’s service and religious interests through their family foundation. Lee, a 1961 graduate of West Point, has a long record of support to the academy and its cadets including donating more than half of the funding for the USMA’s Anderson Rugby Complex.
Volunteer of the Year (University Division)
Randy Lewis has a history of going “above and beyond” for athletics at the University of Utah and the impact of his efforts is easily apparent to those within the department. Moreover, his contributions as a volunteer have often come at times when the athletics department is in the most need.
In 2009, knowing the annual fund would be facing a difficult year, Randy created a fundraising initiative with his friends and family to contact the roughly 1,500 annual fund donors who had made gifts in recent years but were not current donors. The initiative resulted in over 500 renewals along with additional upgrades and new leads for the University of Utah staff.
More recently Randy has become more involved in Utah’s major gift prospecting efforts. He took the lead in identifying some two dozen friends, business partners and Ute fans who had the capacity and interest level appropriate to ask for a multi-year major gift commitment. This recent effort is on-going but has produced positive results in the short term.
In addition, Lewis coordinates the season ticket purchase of over 110 season tickets for his friends and family. He personally collects the money and requires an annual scholarship fund donation from each of his friends to sit in “his” section affectionately known as the South Endzone Xtreme Utes. These are just a few brief examples to illustrate a lifelong commitment and passion for the University of Utah and the athletics department.
Fundraiser of the Year (University Division)
Doug Smith has over 40 years experience in university and athletics administration, including the last 35 years focusing on athletics development. During those years, he has been responsible for the planning, administration and direction of fundraising programs at eight Division I FBS institutions, and created new annual giving programs at four of the eight universities.
During his early years, Smith developed a team concept philosophy of fundraising and traveled the country speaking at athletics conferences regarding this form of fundraising. He developed and implemented annual athletics fund drives at Southern Methodist University, the University of New Mexico, the University of Oklahoma, Rice University and Baylor University, with a number of these annual fund drives involving over 400 donors participating as volunteers. The team concept resulted in record-breaking totals at each institution.
Smith is currently in his 13th year at Baylor University, where he serves as the executive associate athletics director for development. At Baylor he has transformed the annual giving program and increased the support base from less than $2 million per year to more than $8 million per year. Moreover, he spearheaded the recently completed Victory with Integrity campaign that raised more than $95 million over five years. Throughout the duration of the campaign, Smith was personally responsible for cultivating, soliciting and securing the largest gift to the campaign.
Smith is a founding member of the National Athletic Fundraising Association (NAFRA) and was named “National Athletic Fund Raiser of the Year” in 1990 by this organization. Smith was also a founding member of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD). Smith served on the board of directors of both of these organizations.
Fundraiser of the Year (College Division)
Ken Schumann, a member of the Pacific University athletics department for over three decades as a coach and administrator, has served as Pacific's director of athletics since May 2005.
Schumann has been instrumental in building the foundation for future success in Boxer athletics. Beginning in 2004 he was responsible for developing a five-year strategic plan for Pacific athletics as part of a University-wide strategic planning process.
Included in Schumann's five-year plan was the addition of football to the university's athletic offerings. Pacific's Board of Trustees approved the addition of the program in 2009 and the first season of the new program began in 2010. To offset start-up costs for the football program, Schumann led fundraising initiatives that saw over $680,000 raised.
Schumann's leadership has allowed Pacific to succeed in several recent fundraising ventures. He developed Boxer Club, the University's athletics booster club which in the past year has seen revenues triple from the Club's previous record for donations. Schumann also led efforts to raise a portion of the funding for an 11.5 million public-private partnership to build new baseball, softball, soccer and track facilities which were completed in 2008. He also collected a $100,000 gift for naming rights to Pacific's baseball stadium.
Schumann and Pacific Board of Trustee member Tommy Thayer, lead guitarist for the rock group KISS have worked together to produce the Legends Golf Classic which raised over $425,000 in revenue for Pacific's athletic program in 2010.
About NAADD: 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 fundraising. For more information about NAADD, please visit www.naadd.com. NAADD is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 46th year. For more information on NACDA and the 11 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.