Mark Muhlhauser
Mark Muhlhauser

Associate AD/Development

Associate Athletics Director, Development/Major Gifts Officer Mark Muhlhauser joined the Northern Illinois University Athletics staff in 2010. His duties at NIU include providing leadership and management of a comprehensive fundraising effort for Huskie Athletics. Muhlhauser is responsible for the 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.

Upon his arrival at NIU, Muhlhauser was named the campaign manager for the $9.5 million Kenneth and Ellen Chessick Practice Center campaign. The campaign was completed in August 2013 and was NIU's first privately-funded facility to receive three commitments of $1 million or more. The Chessick Practice Center was opened on October 26, 2013.

Prior to joining NIU, Muhlhauser spent three years as Director of Major Gifts for the Nittany Lion Club at Penn State University. In that capacity, he was 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 was completed in the Spring of 2011. During his time at Penn State, the Nittany Lion Club averaged gift and pledge totals of $30 million annually.

Muhlhauser was a member of 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 (10) and Jacob (6), and a daughter, Brooklyn (2).

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