Adam Walker joined the Memphis Athletics staff the beginning of January 2011 and serves as the Director for Major Gifts, a newly created position. As part of the Athletics Development staff Adam's primary role is partnering with individuals and entities who may have a philanthropic interest to support and enhance the advancement of all Memphis Athletics' programs and its Student-Athletes, which includes establishing gifts that will leave a lasting impact on Memphis Athletics.
"I am fortunate to be a part of the tradition that is Memphis Athletics, and I am looking forward to meeting all of our wonderful and supportive friends, fans and alumni that are proud to call themselves Tigers. We are grateful for the impact our fans and friends provide, and are an essential component of a flourishing athletics program. Private contributions in support of Memphis Athletics are critical in our mission to provide our Student-Athletes the finest opportunities to enrich their lives with a Memphis degree, enhance the stature of our University, and pursue conference championships and national recognition."
Adam arrived at Memphis from UCF Athletics where he was Associate Director for Major Gifts. Previous to his role at UCF, Walker spent almost three years as Development Officer for the Kansas State University Foundation and the school's College of Engineering. In that role, he worked to secure major commitments (including planned (life income), endowment, capital and estate gifts) in support of students, facilities, faculty/staff and programs. From 2006-07, Walker served as a Senior Admissions Representative at Kansas State, where he was responsible for enrollment management within a specific geographic region. During his stint in Admissions he recorded a record university yield rate and enrollment numbers for his territory.
After graduating from Kansas State in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology, Walker worked as Admissions Representative from 2004-06, where he developed and coordinated many on and off-campus student recruitment events including the largest on-campus event, College Success Seminar. Walker earned his master's degree in higher education/athletic administration from Kansas State in 2009, finishing as a semi-finalist for a Fulbright Scholarship.
As an undergraduate, Walker was a member of the Kansas State track and field program. He competed in the hammer and discus throw events, finishing as runner-up Big 12 Champion his senior year in the weight throw and third all-time at K-State. He was also named as a U.S. Track & Field Academic All-American that same year. Concluding high school he was named as one of eleven football players in the state of Kansas as a National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete. He is a native of Ulysses, Kansas. Adam is married to his wife Rebecca and they have a newborn daughter Addison Kay (Nov '10).