Athletics News

Walker Named Senior Associate AD for Development

March 12, 2014


Dr. Adam G. Walker, who previously served the University of Memphis Athletic Department as its Director of Major Gifts, rejoins the department as Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development. Tom Bowen made the announcement on Wednesday.

In his new position, Walker will be responsible for managing and directing all athletics fundraising operations including major gifts, endowments, capital campaigns and the annual fund. In addition, he will serve as a sport supervisor and assist in other external areas.

"I am very blessed and fortunate to serve in such a capacity under the direction of Tom Bowen," Walker said. "I look forward to moving this great university and department of athletics forward with the help from so many supportive alumni and friends of our university and community."

Walker returns to intercollegiate athletics after working close to two years as the Senior Director of Development for the Fogelman College of Business & Economics at the University of Memphis. He was briefly on the Memphis athletic administrative team under Bowen before accepting the position with the Fogelman College of Business.

"I found Adam to be an extraordinary administrator and one of the best external affairs fund raisers I have been around," Bowen said. "I have watched his work and watched his successes. We had an opportunity within the department and asked if he would like to come back. We are very, very glad that he did."

During his tenure at the Fogelman College of Business, Walker was part of a team which completed the University's first comprehensive campaign, Empowering the Dream, which totaled over $256 million in donations.  The Fogelman College of Business achieved a record year in fundraising during Walker's first year. The donations played a role in the creation of 19 new professorships or faculty awards for the college.

Walker was a member of the College dean's senior staff. He created several new and innovative philanthropy programs including Suits for Success, a program to provide business attire for recent graduates in need, and the Fogelman Finish Line Scholarship, which assists students who are nearing graduation and have exhausted all other means of financial aid. He also helped create the College's Hall of Fame honoring its most outstanding alumni and distinguished friends.

Walker originally joined the University of Memphis Athletics staff in 2011 as the Director of Major Gifts within the Tiger Scholarship Fund office.

In his previous position in athletics, Walker was responsible for procuring significant philanthropic commitments including endowments, capital projects and estate/planned gifts. In Fiscal Year 2012, TSF set a record with over $15 million raised including $7 million for the annual fund. The balance of the donations was in gift-in-kind, capital initiatives and planned gifts and endowments.

Walker was hired at the University of Memphis after serving one year as an Associate Director for Athletics within the UCF Athletic Department.  At UCF he cultivated major gift prospects in support of UCF student-athlete scholarship endowments, coaches and facilities.

At UCF, his focus was on impactful gifts of $25,000 or more and leadership gifts of $100,000 and larger to advance UCF programs and student-athletes.

Walker received his undergraduate degree from Kansas State University where he was an Academic All-American and All-Big 12 track and field student-athlete.

He began his professional career at his alma mater working first as an Admissions Representative and later Senior Admissions Representative (2004-06) where he developed and coordinated many of the university's on and off-campus student recruitment events including the largest on-campus event, College Success Seminar.

Walker would later spend almost three years as a Development Officer for the Kansas State University Foundation and the school's College of Engineering (2007-09). In that role he worked to secure major commitments in support of students, facilities, faculty/staff and programs.

While working for the KSU Foundation, Walker also completed a practicum working directly with K-State's Associate Athletics Director for Major Gifts, collaborating with common donors to focus on comprehensive major gift requests to support multiple university priorities.

Walker earned a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology in 2004. While working at Kansas State he earned his master's degree in higher education/athletic administration in 2009, finishing as a semifinalist for a Fulbright Scholarship. He completed his Doctor of Education from the University of Memphis in 2013. His dissertation was entitled "Intercollegiate Athletics Success and the Financial Impact on Universities."

In addition to competing in the hammer and discus throw events at Kansas State, as a high school student Walker was one of 11 high school football players in the state of Kansas who was named a National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete.

A native of Ulysses, Kan., Walker and his wife Rebecca have a daughter, Addison Kay (three).

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