MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Senior Associate Athletic Director/Executive Director of the Mountaineer Athletic Club Matt Borman announced today the hirings of M.G. Bailey, Jake Kirkham and Tyler Wilson.
Bailey and Kirkham will serve as major gift officers, while Wilson has been elevated from graduate assistant for major gifts to assistant director for annual giving.
“I’m excited to have M.G. Bailey and Jake Kirkham join our team,” says Borman. “They both bring unique experiences from different parts of the country that will help our office tremendously. Both M.G. and Jake have very engaging personalities, and I’m looking forward to our donor base getting to know them over the next few months.
“In his two years as a graduate assistant, Tyler did phenomenal work for the Mountaineer Athletic Club. We were fortunate to be able to create a position for him, and our team is going to be better with Tyler.”
Bailey comes to WVU after spending the last two years as the director of annual giving at George Washington. At WVU, he will work toward securing high-end annual gifts and funds for major capital projects, as well as endowing student-athlete scholarships. Bailey will work with MAC members in North Central West Virginia and the state’s Eastern panhandle, Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Baltimore, New York, New Jersey and the Upper Northeast, including Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
While at George Washington, Bailey managed a portfolio of 125-150 donors and prospects, provided strategic direction and management of a comprehensive annual giving program and oversaw a campaign for the sailing program to purchase a new fleet of boats. Additionally, he served as the assistant director of athletics development for one year and achieved a 26 percent increase in total attainment and 36 percent increase in total cash in first year.
Prior to a year as the assistant branch manager at First National Bank of Lenior City in Loudon, Tennessee, Bailey served as the assistant director of development for the College of Business Administration at Tennessee for two years. While there, he developed and cultivated a portfolio of 100 major gift and annual fund prospects, raised up to $1 million annually for the College and University and contributed to the unit’s achievement of 143 percent of its $80 million campaign goal.
Bailey also spent two years as the assistant director for the Iron Dukes Annual Fund at Duke.
Bailey received his bachelor’s degree in communications studies in 2005 and his master’s degree in college student personnel in 2007; both degrees are from Tennessee.
Kirkham joins WVU after spending the last three years at Utah, serving as a major gifts officer in the development office. At WVU, he will work toward securing high-end annual gifts and funds for major capital projects, as well as endowing student-athlete scholarships. Kirkham will work with MAC members in North Central West Virginia, as well as the Beckley, Princeton and Charleston areas, Virginia, South Carolina, California, Chicago and South Florida.
While with the Utah Office of Development, Kirkham contributed to a very successful capital campaign working with supporters who had a capacity to give $25,000 or more. He managed an active portfolio of 100-150 prospects in and around the state of Utah. Additionally, he was the lead development officer in Los Angeles, Seattle and New York City.
As a student, Kirkham was successful leading an effort that raised over $90,000 for cancer research. He also served as a marketing assistant for Utah athletics and was a sports talk radio host. At Ohio University, Kirkham conducted more than 150 hours of research on college athletics development, interviewed industry professionals and produced a 75-page report about best practices.
Kirkham received his bachelor’s degree in economics in 2007 from Utah and his master’s in sport administration in 2014 from Ohio University.
Wilson is elevated to the assistant director for annual giving following a two-year stint as a graduate assistant for the MAC. He will manage the day-to-day functions for annual giving. Additionally, he will serve as the office’s liaison with the WVU Ticket Office and cultivate relationships with donors in the Morgantown area.
While serving as the graduate assistant at the MAC, Wilson assisted with the WVU Coliseum Reseating Process. Among his responsibilities with the reseating process, he designed and distributed the season ticket intern forms, developed, maintained and analyzed the men’s basketball season ticket holder database and provided assistance to donors over the phone and in-person. Additionally, Wilson oversaw the premium seating areas in Milan Puskar Stadium during home football games, assisted with the creating and administration of annual solicitations for sport specific programs and managed season ticket sales, Priority Point inquires, donations and parking requests.
Prior to his arrival at WVU, Wilson served as the interim assistant athletic director at Wisconsin-Parkside for a year. While there, he managed 14 corporate sponsors with annual accounts up to $5,000, re-established the annual UW-Parkside Athletic Department Gold Outing and developed innovative fundraising efforts for the athletic department and individual athletic programs. Wilson also maintained his duties as the athletic department’s marketing events coordinator.
Wilson received his bachelor’s degree in public relations with an emphasis in communication technologies in 2010 from Wisconsin-Platteville and his master’s in sport management in 2014 from WVU.
Borman also announced today that Ben Murray has been elevated to associate athletic director/major gifts & capital campaigns. He has been a member of the MAC staff since August 2010.
“It is a pleasure to elevate Ben to the role of Associate Athletic Director for Major Gifts,” says Borman. “Ben has done a wonderful job for the Mountaineer Athletic Club since he came to us four years ago from Old Dominion. He has become a leader in our office and does great work supervising our major gift operation. Ben has strong relationships with many of our donors in some of our most important areas, and we are lucky to have him and his family in Morgantown.”