Huskies Add Mark Muhlhauser to Lead Major Gifts Efforts

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Oct. 15, 2010

DeKALB, Ill. - Veteran intercollegiate athletics fundraiser Mark Muhlhauser has joined the Northern Illinois University Athletics staff as Associate Athletic Director for Major Gifts, NIU Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeff Compher announced Friday.

"I am extremely pleased to welcome Mark Muhlhauser and his family to the Huskie family," Compher said. "He brings a proven record of success in intercollegiate athletics fundraising that will enable Huskie Athletics to take the next step forward. I have no doubt Mark's experience in developing and completing successful fundraising campaigns will positively impact Northern Illinois student-athletes."

Muhlhauser's duties at Northern Illinois will include identification, cultivation and solicitation of the Huskies' major gift prospects. He also will work closely with the staff of the NIU Foundation to advance the University's fundraising goals.

Muhlhauser has spent the last three years as Director of Major Gifts for the Nittany Lion Club at Penn State University. In that capacity, he was individually responsible for new major gifts and pledges totaling $2.5 million while working with Penn State's major gift prospects. Part of his duties included compiling and executing the fundraising plan for Penn State's new softball stadium, which is scheduled for completion in Spring 2011. During his time at Penn State, Muhlhauser also was a key member of the staff of the Nittany Lion Club, which averaged gift and pledge totals of $30 million annually.

Prior to his time at Penn State, Muhlhauser spent five years on the development staff at his alma mater, the University of Washington, from 2002-2007. He began as an assistant in fund development before being promoted to Campaign Coordinator in January 2003. In that capacity, he led an athletic fundraising campaign that generated over $140 million for Washington Athletics as part of a $2.5 billion capital campaign at the university. He worked with major gift prospects at UW while also playing a major role in fundraising for the $18 million renovation of the Husky's student-athlete academic center.

"I am very excited to join Jeff Compher and the staff at Northern Illinois University," Muhlhauser said. "The opportunity to help build something at NIU that will have an impact on Huskie student-athletes for years to come is extremely attractive. I look forward to getting to know the many individuals who have supported this university over the years, while also working to bring even more friends to the program."

A native of Seattle, Muhlhauser earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Washington in 2000 and earned master's degrees in business administration and sports administration from Ohio University in 2002. He and his wife, Jill, have two sons Osten (5) and Jacob (2).

Muhlhauser began his duties at Northern Illinois Oct. 1.

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