Dec. 7, 2004
Smith, who has served as the Director of Fundraising & Special Events since August, 2003, will be responsible for annual fundraising and coordination of fundraising special events as well as major gifts. He will continue to manage the Bronco Bench Foundation, which is the student-athlete scholarship fundraising group for Santa Clara Athletics and conduct the BBF's annual fund drive. Smith will also be responsible for the solicitation of Santa Clara alumni, parents and former student-athletes in an effort to raise annual gifts.
"Fred is a major asset to our athletic department and I'm thrilled to be able to place him in a higher position in our organizational structure," said Coonan. "He has a strong sense of professionalism and has the personality to positively interact with donors and constituents of the university. He is a solid ambassador of the Bronco family and will help us achieve our annual fundraising goals."
Prior to joining Santa Clara, Smith spent two and one-half years as the Assistant Athletic Director for Advancement at Cal Poly, where he coordinated the annual fundraising campaign for the Department of Athletics, raising more than half of a million dollars each year. In addition, Smith managed a portfolio of major gift donors and prospects, directed 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 member of the Board of Directors of the Cal Poly Alumni Association.
Smith earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Michigan in 1998.