Weiberg Named Deputy AD at Texas Tech

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Chad Weiberg, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development who has played an instrumental role in the growth and development of the K-State athletics program in his 11 years, has been named Deputy Athletics Director at Texas Tech, Red Raider Athletics Director Kirby Hocutt announced today.

In his new role, which will begin June 8, Weiberg will serve as the chief operating officer overseeing many of the day-to-day functions of the athletics department.  Serving as the second in command, Weiberg will be involved with all administrative units and department programming.  

"As a key member of our senior leadership team, Chad has played a transformational role in the success of our department and our progress of becoming a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program," Athletics Director John Currie said. "Under his leadership, the Ahearn Fund has seen tremendous growth in both participation and total gifts, and while selfishly we are sad to see him go, we are extremely happy for him and his family for this terrific advancement opportunity."

"This is a tremendous opportunity for my family and me, and I'm honored to be joining Kirby Hocutt on his leadership team at Texas Tech," Weiberg said. "Obviously, there are mixed emotions as I will be forever grateful to K-State, John Currie and Kirk Schulz for so many opportunities, including the chance to lead our development efforts, work with our terrific coaches and amazing staff and serve our dedicated student-athletes and tremendously generous and loyal donors, fans and members of the Ahearn Fund. K-State will always be such a special place to Jodi and me as this is where our kids were born and where we made so many lifelong friendships that will follow us to Lubbock."

K-State's fundraising efforts have been completely overhauled under Weiberg's leadership with a focus on personal interaction and communication to donors of all levels as grass-roots support through the Ahearn Fund is K-State's largest single source of revenue.

K-State supporters have responded as more than $171 million in total gifts have been raised for K-State Athletics since Weiberg was named Associate Athletics Director for Development in 2009, including a record $46.4 million in FY2014. The Chronicle of Higher Education reported the top intercollegiate fundraising totals for 2014 in a recent feature with K-State checking in at No. 3 behind Texas A&M and Michigan, while Arizona and Texas rounded out the top five.

Additionally, the department has raised more money over the past six years than it had in the previous 48 years combined (1961-2009).  Donations to the Ahearn Fund and department have increased in each of the last five years, while Ahearn Fund participation has grown from 5,000 to more than 10,000 members, a new department record. K-State also can stake claim to Ahearn Fund members hailing from all 50 states.

The National Leadership Circle, K-State's comprehensive leadership annual giving program for $10,000 and above donors, was launched in 2009 by Weiberg and his staff with less than 200 members giving at that level and has now grown to over 457 members representing 19 different states.

Weiberg and his staff have also made tremendous strides in relation to capital gifts as K-State donors have stepped up with 22 private gifts in excess of $1 million since fall 2009 compared to only five such in the prior history of K-State Athletics.

Weiberg, the 2014 National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) Fundraiser of the Year, is a 1994 graduate of the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Weiberg also holds an MBA from OSU and was honored in 2008 with the Spears School of Business Outstanding Young Alumnus Award and in 2011 was recognized as one of the Top 50 MBA graduates in the program's first 50 years. For nine years following his graduation and prior to coming to K-State, Weiberg worked in various institutional advancement roles with Oklahoma State Athletics, the OSU Alumni Association and the OSU Foundation.

Hired by K-State in 2005 as Director of Major Gifts, Weiberg was promoted to Assistant AD for Development in 2007 and Associate AD for Development in 2009 before being named Senior Associate Athletics Director in 2011.