May 18, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - A highly experienced athletics fundraiser from Iowa State University has been selected to raise funds in support of the University of Connecticut Division of Athletics.
Zachary S. Goines of Ames, Iowa was chosen as the Senior Director of Development, Athletics after a national search process by the Division of Athletics and The University of Connecticut Foundation, Inc.
Goines will be responsible for the strategic development and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising program, reporting to the UConn Foundation, and working closely with administrators, coaches, alumni, and friends of UConn throughout the nation.
While at Iowa State University, Goines raised more than $47 million since 2007, including leading fundraising initiatives for a $20-million football training facility, an $8-million basketball complex and a significant increase in annual gifts to support the school's athletics programs.
Prior to his experience in Iowa, Goines also held athletics fundraising leadership positions at Marquette University and the University of Miami.
"This is a critical moment for the University as we build the future, and private donors could not be more important or more valued," notes incoming UConn President Susan Herbst. "Our student-athletes and our coaches bring tremendous glory, attention, and respect to this institution and make us so incredibly proud. They are international ambassadors who exemplify discipline and the highest order of excellence, values shared by this entire community. Zach will work closely with me and with his colleagues across disciplines to make UConn an even stronger, more powerful university."
Goines joins UConn during a time of tremendous national exposure for its athletics programs.
"In a historic year that has already included a BCS bowl game, a women's basketball Final Four and a men's basketball NCAA Championship, it's a great time to be a Husky. We are excited to welcome Zach to the UConn family. He joins a team of outstanding development professionals who are committed to enhancing the academic and athletic experience for our student-athletes through the support of our dedicated donors," says Jeffrey A. Hathaway, Director of the Division of Athletics. "We thank incoming President Susan Herbst and UConn Foundation President John Martin for their support of this important hire and look forward to having Zach in Storrs."
UConn is in the midst of a $600-million, multi-year fundraising campaign, Our University. Our Moment. The Campaign for UConn. The Division of Athletics has established a goal of $110 million for the campaign, with priorities on scholarship support and facilities improvement, including a new basketball practice facility.
Goines says that he was drawn to UConn because of the long history and tradition of athletic success, and the great reputation of the university.
"I am thrilled about becoming part of the UConn family. The opportunity to play a leadership role for a top-tier fundraising organization such as The University of Connecticut Foundation, in support of a championship-caliber athletics department, is both an honor and an opportunity that I fully embrace. UConn Athletics has achieved a tremendous amount, but we have potential for even greater things going forward. I look forward to working with a dedicated and hard-working staff of professionals in the UConn Foundation and the Division of Athletics. But, most of all, I look forward to meeting the many loyal Husky supporters who are invested in making UConn the best university and athletics program in the nation," he says.
Goines holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky and a Master's of Science in Sports Administration from Indiana University. He will begin the UConn position on July 11, 2011, and will be transitioning a move to Connecticut in the months prior.
The University of Connecticut Foundation is a tax-exempt corporation that operates exclusively to promote the educational, scientific, cultural, and recreational objectives of the University of Connecticut. As the primary fundraising vehicle for the University, the Foundation's mission is to solicit, receive and administer gifts and financial resources from private sources to support UConn's pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and public service. Private gifts support students, faculty, research and programs at all of UConn's schools and colleges in addition to its world-class research centers and model athletics program.