Aug. 5, 2003
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Former Cal Poly Assistant Director of Athletics Fred Smith has been hired as director of fundraising and annual events at Santa Clara University, Director of Athletics and Recreation Cheryl L. Levick announced today.
Smith will be responsible for conducting the BBF's annual fund drive that provides scholarships for Santa Clara student-athletes as well as coordinating and implementing special events for the Bronco Bench Foundation (BBF) and the Strategic Initiative Fund.
"I am very pleased Fred has agreed to join our staff as a critical component of our overall fundraising program," said Levick. "He has a strong background in annual fundraising and his overall development experience will help us move forward in achieving our department goals. Fred is organized and well-versed in a variety of areas in athletic administration and I have every confidence he will successfully manage our annual giving program."
Smith, a 1998 graduate of the University of Michigan, has served as the assistant director of athletics for advancement at Cal Poly since January, 2001. He coordinated the department's annual fundraising campaign, directed its regional development efforts and assisted in the direction of the Mustang Athletic Fund Board of Directors. He also created the Cal Poly Varsity Club and served as a liaison with the institution's alumni association.
"I'm really looking forward to becoming an active member of the Bronco athletic community," said Smith. "It is obvious that Santa Clara has a strong following and I am excited about the prospect of helping alumni and friends of the department maintain a close connection with athletics. The student-athletes at Santa Clara are fortunate to have such a loyal group of supporters providing them with scholarship opportunities and I look forward to being a part of helping provide the resources for them to succeed."
Smith began his career in college administration while an undergraduate at Michigan, serving as a recruiting associate in the school's career planning and placement office. Upon graduation he served as an advising assistant at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, where he was promoted to athletic academic advisor and assistant to the department's senior woman administrator.
While at UNLV, he was involved with the athletic department's academic services and lifeskills programs, advised student-athletes on issues related to academic progress and performance and assisted in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes. He also managed an annual membership drive for the UNLV Women's Sports Foundation, planned and oversaw special events and published the group's quarterly newsletter.