Dear Friends of Cal Athletics,
I write to you with mixed emotions to inform you that I will be leaving Cal Athletics in order to pursue an opportunity with Temple University. My last day with Cal will be June 2, 2017. I want to thank you for your support and friendship over these past few years. I have built relationships in Berkeley that will last a lifetime and I am thankful for my professional and personal growth during my time with the No. 1 public university in the world.
These past two years have taught me much about myself and my family. As my wife and I watch our young boys grow up, we have felt our priorities change and have felt a strong desire to put roots down on the east coast. Although I am a graduate of a Pac-12 school and have family on the west coast, I feel a strong pull to be back in Philadelphia. Philly is my birthplace and I spent almost exactly half my life – from my childhood to my time with Villanova – in that city. Our sense of home and place in Philadelphia has become our family’s priority as my wife and I seek to provide our sons with a similar childhood experience to mine.
Reflecting on my time at Cal, I am extremely proud of what our office has accomplished while acknowledging that much still needs to be done. I am proud of a staff that embraced a reorganization into a team with an outbound, front-facing philosophy. We significantly increased the number of visits and contacts with our alumni and fans locally, in southern California, and other critical pockets of the country, such as the Pacific Northwest and New York City. We focused on the closure of philanthropic gifts to build endowments, sustain scholarships, and had large successes with our first named head coaching endowment as well as the re-engagement of some of our professional athletes.
I firmly believe Cal Athletics should be a driving force in building community around the nation to support the entire University and to bring passionate Golden Bears together. In addition to the achievements above, I am pleased with our success in partnering with colleagues across campus and in University Development and Alumni Relations, assisting in implementing many of the priorities called out in Fundraising 2.0.
During this transition, Beth Voetsch will serve as the Interim Chief Development Officer for the Cal Athletics Fund. I can say with utmost confidence that Beth is one of the finest professionals I have had the privilege of working with in my career. She has served Cal Athletics for six years in her roles with the Athletic Ticket Office and the Cal Athletics Fund. She has, as a result, a unique understanding of this University and the Cal community. Her strong administrative and organizational mind has led to significant success in managing our annual giving and alumni relations team, as well as in closing major gifts to benefit Cal Athletics. Beth has forged deep relationships with many of our coaches and individual sport program communities; she is uniquely positioned to further contribute to this department’s success.
I look forward to what lies ahead for Cal, which is why my decision to leave has left me with mixed emotions. I am excited to see how Cal Athletics works with new campus leadership to support fundraising efforts and the development of our student-athletes. While I will not have the privilege to be part of this team moving forward, I take comfort in the fact that I can participate as a donor and fan of the Golden Bears, no matter where my career takes me.
Thank you once again. Fiat Lux and Go Bears!