Marie Gilbert enters her 30th year at Louisiana Tech and her seventh as associate athletics director and chief financial officer in the athletics department.
Gilbert is responsible for the day-to-day business operations of the athletic department, including overseeing the individual budgets for 16 varsity sports, monitoring athletic funds of the Louisiana Tech Athletic Foundation, serving as liaison with the university's business offices..
She is part of a senior staff at LA Tech that was instrumental in the University's invitation to join Conference USA starting July 1. She has also been actively involved in numerous initiatives to enhance the athletics department, including signing new agreements with companies such as Learfield, the Aspire Group, Ticketmaster, A-G Administrators, Pepsi and ACS Athletics. She is the sports administrator for men's golf.
The hard work and vision of that same senior staff has led to numerous national awards, including the 2010 Turnkey PRISM Award - which recognizes colleges for managerial excellence across four areas: marketing/branding; fan development; community relations; and customer/client service.
The Tech Athletics Department has also finished in the Top 10 three times in the Excellence in Management Cup, which recognizes the most efficient athletic departments in the nation. Gilbert previously served as the budget manager for the College of Engineering for six years where she had similar duties. She was also in the College of Liberal Arts as the dean's assistant handling day-to-day business in the office while working with budget planning for the year.
In 2002, she received the Distinctive Professional Performance and Conduct Award from the Institute of Micro-manufacturing at Louisiana Tech.
Gilbert has earned two degrees from Louisiana Tech University and completed a master's certificate in technical writing.
She is a current member of the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) and the College Athletic Business Management Association (CABMA). This is her second year to serve on the program planning committee for CABMA.
She is also actively involved in the American Cancer Society and serves as the chair for the Relay for Life Luminaria Service. She is on the Executive Committee for the ACS Relay for Life in Lincoln Parish.
Gilbert and her husband, Tim, reside in Bossier with their four dogs.