Aug. 20, 2001
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Brian Wickstrom has been hired as associate director of athletics for development at Santa Clara University, Director of Athletics and Recreation Cheryl L. Levick announced today.
Wickstrom will oversee all athletics-related fund-raising, including the department's major gift, capital campaign and annual fund solicitation, including the Bronco Bench Foundation. He will begin his duties on Sept. 17 and will dually report to Levick and Mary Ellen McGillan, the University's Assistant Vice President for Development.
"Brian will be an integral part of the athletic department's long-term strategic plan," said Levick. "He is a personable, energetic and talented individual with a broad range of fund-raising experiences. Brian's background in the banking industry combined with his broad-based development experiences at the University of Missouri have prepared him very well to help us achieve our fund-raising goals."
After receiving his undergraduate degree from Kansas State University in 1991, Wickstrom remained at the school to earn his master's degree in business administration the following year. While at KSU, he served as a member of the Wildcat track and field team and was honored as a Big Eight Conference Phillips 66 Classroom Champion.
Upon graduation, Wickstrom spent nearly six years in the banking industry. He began as a loan reviewer at Commerce Bancshares, Inc. in Kansas City, Mo. in 1993 before serving as assistant vice president for credit administration at Citizens Bank and Trust and assistant vice president in the loan division of the Brotherhood Bank and Trust in Shawnee, Kan.
Wickstrom returned to school in 1998 to pursue his master's degree in sports administration from Ohio University. Following graduation in June, 1999, he served as a development associate in the University of Missouri department of athletics. After six months, Wickstrom was promoted to assistant director of athletic development and, in May, was placed in charge of coordinating the department's major gifts program.
"I'm pleased to have the opportunity to be involved with such an exciting program," said Wickstrom. "Santa Clara University has dynamic leadership as well as a comprehensive plan in place. I'm looking forward to being a part of the team."
While at Missouri, Wickstrom was involved every facet of athletic development with a primary focus on the department's $100 million capital campaign and facility fund-raising projects. He served as a liaison to the Kansas City Tiger Club, increasing annual gifts from by nearly 40 percent in two years. In addition to his liaison role, Wickstrom worked with individual and corporate donors in Kansas City and Northwest Missouri Communities, increasing annual gifts by 31% and membership by over 10%.
Wickstrom also coordinated a number of development opportunities including a matching gift program, endowment programs, naming and signage opportunities, oversaw the cultivation and solicitation of foundation prospects and oversaw the creation of a development program for men's basketball.