Feb. 5, 2014
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech Athletics Director Tommy McClelland announced Wednesday that the University has hired Nate Warren as the assistant athletic director for development where he will oversee the fundraising efforts for the athletic department.
Warren fills the position which opened following the move of Adam McGuirt to associate athletics director for internal operations in December. His responsibilities at Louisiana Tech will include identifying and securing private support with an emphasis on major gifts, cultivating and soliciting major gift societies, providing oversight for the Louisiana Tech Athletic Club, the Lettermen's Club and the Director of LTAC.
A University of Tennessee and Kansas State alum, Warren comes to Ruston after serving as the assistant director for development at K-State for the past two-plus years.
"Nate brings a tremendous amount of fundraising experience to Louisiana Tech," McClelland said. "He understands what it takes to grow the donor base as well as how to reach those high impact donors. I look forward to working with him to enhance and grow LTAC in order to better support our student athletes."
During Warren's four-plus years at Kansas State which included two years as a graduate assistant, he oversaw the Ahearn Fund which experienced unprecedented growth from 5,454 members and $12.7 million in gifts to athletics when he arrived to 9,143 members and $25.8 million in gifts to athletics in fiscal year 2012.
"We are extremely fortunate to have a person of Nate's experience and background," said Tech Vice President of University Advancement Corre Stegall. "He is already embraced the Tech culture and looks forward to meeting our fans and becoming at rue part of the LA Tech Family."
Much of the growth in the Ahearn Fund numbers was due to the increased focus on leadership annual giving of $10,000 and above, as well as increased focus in Kansas City, Kansas State's largest alumni base.
"I am so excited to join the Louisiana Tech family," Warren said. "Our LTAC members are the lifeblood of Louisiana Tech Athletics, and I look forward to working with our alumni and fans as we continue to work toward the future of our department and our student athletes."
In his role as assistant director of development, he oversaw an active portfolio of over 150 Ahearn Fund members and prospects, primarily in Kansas City. In addition to his duties in Kansas City, he oversaw membership campaigns and special events, both in the Kansas City area and on campus for returning letter winners.
Warren was also actively involved in fund raising for the West Stadium Center, the largest capital project in Kansas State University history both through philanthropic capital gifts and premium seat construction gifts.
Some of his additional responsibilities at Kansas State included:
providing leadership in re-branding the Ahearn Fund across Kansas as well as nationally through direct input in recreating the logo, tagline, and marketing efforts which included direct mail, email, billboards, TV commercials, and in-game video board and PA spots;
providing direct creative input in the re-launch of AhearnFund.com as well as routinely provided unique content to AhearnFund.com;
fully overhauling the online signup process leading to a much more simple process for first time members to join the Ahearn Fund, increasing the volume of first-time members joining online;
helping implement and serving on the Marketing Task Force, a collaborative effort between the development and marketing departments, leading to more streamlined communications to both current and potential members;
managing all aspects of renewal and reminder mailings, including graphic design work (samples available upon request);
planning and executing events, including Member Appreciation Day and sport reunions;
creating and running the R1SE UP member referral program, which led to over 300 new members via referrals from existing members;
soliciting and secured annual gifts from $50 to $15,000;
soliciting and secured capital gifts up to $140,000;
directly assisting the director of athletics with all presentations.
Warren earned his bachelor's degree from Tennessee in sports management in 2008 while he completed his master's degree in education administration and leadership from Kansas State in 2011.