Mark Muhlhauser
Mark Muhlhauser

Associate AD/Major Gifts

Veteran intercollegiate athletics fundraiser Mark Muhlhauser has joined the Northern Illinois University Athletics staff Oct. 1, 2010.

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

Before arriving at NIU, Muhlhauser spent 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.

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 (8) and Jacob (5).