(FAUSports.com)BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University announced Patrick Chun as its new director of athletics today. The announcement brought to a close a two-month national search by FAU President Mary Jane Saunders.
"FAU is thrilled to welcome Pat Chun as the director of athletics," Saunders said. "His experience and accomplishments at The Ohio State University speak to what Pat will bring here as a leader in college athletics today. There is an exciting future ahead for FAU athletics, and we are lucky to have Pat at the helm of this department."
Chun, 37, comes to FAU after 15 years with The Ohio State University department of athletics, where he held numerous roles within the Buckeye athletics department in development, endowment building, strategic planning, management and leadership. During his time at OSU, Chun helped foster the continued growth and success of the most comprehensive Division I athletics program in the country. Ohio State athletics provides services for more than 1,000 student-athletes, 36 intercollegiate athletic programs, 100 coaches, and more than 330 full-time athletic department staff in 15 facilities. The Ohio State athletics operating budget is in excess of $126 million.
"Florida Atlantic University is a dynamic institution whose achievements continue to grow at an incredible pace. It is both humbling and exciting to have the opportunity to lead its department of athletics, and I look forward to working with a great team of people who are passionate about the Owls," Chun said. "I want to sincerely thank President Saunders for this opportunity."
Chun concluded his career at OSU as the executive associate athletics director for external relations, where he provided leadership and oversight for all facets of the 15 areas comprised in the external relations division. These areas included: development, ticketing, fan experience and promotions, multimedia rights partnership (IMG College), communications, public relations and branding, creative services, merchandising, website, video, alumni relations, community relations, golf course, the Big Ten Network, band and cheerleading. The division encompasses more than 90 full-time employees.
In this position, Chun oversaw a 20 percent increase annually in overall giving to the Ohio State department of athletics, totaling $117.8 million in three years. This was accomplished through the completion of fundraising campaigns for approximately $22 million in capital projects, including: $10.5 million for basketball practice facility enhancements and renovations; $6.25 million for outdoor football fields/beautification project; $3.1 million for an outdoor tennis facility; $1 million for a field hockey venue; and $1 million for turf replacement for the baseball stadium.
Chun also was a member of the core athletics department senior team that authored and consummated the largest multimedia rights deal in intercollegiate athletics history: a 10-year, $128 million partnership with IMG College in 2009.
Chun began his intercollegiate athletics career in the Ohio State athletics communications office in 1997. There he served as assistant director of athletics communications working primarily with the football and baseball programs. Chun then moved to development in 2002 where he began and excelled in his position as the director of the Buckeye Club. He managed the annual fund drive for three years, a period during which it generated more than $22 million.
In 2005, Chun was named director of development with a focus on major gift fundraising for endowments and capital projects. He took a leadership role in the fundraising and completion of the $21 million football facility renovation and enhancement project. Soon after, Chun was promoted to assistant athletics director for development. During this time, his efforts helped ensure the completion of three key capital projects: a $5.1 million softball stadium project; $3 million boathouse; and a $3.3 million indoor tennis facility.
In 2008, Chun was elevated into the role of deputy senior associate athletics director. In this capacity Chun managed and directed the external relations division and had daily oversight of the development office.
"We are excited to have Pat join the FAU team, and look forward to have him build on the solid foundation that we've put in place," said Robert J. Stilley, chair of FAU's Board of Trustees. "The Board welcomes Pat and looks forward to seeing FAU athletics continue to grow in a remarkable way."
Chun currently serves on the executive committee for the National Association for Athletics Development Directors (NAADD) and is a board member for the Columbus, Ohio chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. In 2011, Chun was selected for the inaugural class of the Division 1A Athletics Directors Association Fellowship Program.
A native of Strongsville, Ohio and graduate of Holy Name High School, Chun earned a bachelor's degree from OSU in 1997 and a master's degree from Duquesne University in 2008. He and his wife, Natalie, also an OSU alumna, have three daughters: Vanna, Kennedy and Gretta.
What Colleagues Say about Chun:
Gene Smith, The Ohio State University associate vice president/director of athletics:
"Pat's service to our institution is immeasurable. His talents and skills will be missed in a significant way. I want to personally thank him for his service to our student athletes. I wish he and Natalie all the best. FAU is fortunate to have his leadership."
Urban Meyer, head football coach at The Ohio State University:
"I commend Florida Atlantic University's hire of Pat Chun as its new director of athletics. In the seven months I have gotten to know Pat and see him work, he has proven to be a very pragmatic and thoughtful leader and administrator. FAU and the Boca Raton community are going to embrace this young man, who is a rising star in athletics administration."
Thad Matta, head men's basketball coach at The Ohio State University:
"In my eight years at Ohio State, Pat has been a valuable resource for our program. We have accomplished significant growth over the last few years with fundraising efforts for our new practice facility and renovations to our locker room, video, athletic training and strength training areas. Pat has led that effort and I anticipate he will be equally successful at FAU."
Jim Tressel, former head football coach at The Ohio State University and current vice president of strategic engagement at the University of Akron:
"Pat and Natalie Chun will be difference-makers for the entire FAU community and the great state of Florida. Pat was instrumental in our successes at Ohio State both on the field of play and in the classroom. A tireless worker and a fine leader, Pat will be an important key in President MJ Saunders' strategy to take FAU to the next level of excellence."
Dutch Baughman, executive director of the Division 1A Athletic Directors' Association:
"The selection of Pat Chun as the director of athletics at FAU is a great one! Pat has worked very hard to develop his career so he would be optimally ready for this opportunity. He has had wonderful experience, understands the integral role of intercollegiate athletics in the institution, has developed outstanding professional conduct skills, and has been directly mentored by one of the premier athletics directors in Gene Smith at The Ohio State University. In addition to developing solid experience in all aspects of intercollegiate athletics, he has studied leadership qualities in premier leaders across the country."
Joseph R. Castiglione, vice president for Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Oklahoma:
"I am very excited to learn of the fantastic decision by the leadership of FAU to make Pat Chun their athletic director. This is truly the personification of where preparation meets opportunity. Pat has been purposeful in his life's journey to develop and sharpen the necessary skills and core values to lead in today's dynamic world of intercollegiate athletics. Moreover, he will identify, build and sustain relationships with all key stakeholders of the University's vision and mission. The future is bright in the Land of the Owls."
Clark Kellogg, CBS Sports college basketball lead analyst/vice president of the Indiana Pacers:
"Pat is a smart, creative, and hard worker; is people and service oriented; and is a genuinely good guy. All invaluable qualities for a good leader. In addition to those attributes, he's been mentored by one of the best in the business in Gene Smith. Pat is ready to lead, and FAU has chosen well."
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