Tim McMurray is in his fifth year with Northern Illinois University and serves as Senior Associate Athletics Director for Advancement.
McMurray is directly responsible for athletic capital and major gifts, supervision of the Huskie Athletic Support Fund, marketing, promotions, and ticket sales units, and has sport program oversight of women*s basketball, men's golf, and women's golf. He also serves as the senior gift officer and athletic liaison with the NIU Foundation.
Leadership on completion of the $14-million Jeffrey and Kimberly Yordon Academic and Athletic Performance Center, with direct involvement in successful solicitation of largest athletic gift in institution*s history, highlights McMurray*s time at NIU. That campaign produced 28 six- and seven-figure level gifts (one such gift in institution*s 105-year history prior to campaign). McMurray also had direct involvement in four of the five largest athletic gift solicitations in NIU*s history.
In 2006, McMurray spearheaded efforts to create the Huskie Athletic Support Fund (HASF), which has resulted in three consecutive years of annual fund increases in both dollars raised and donors, including seven figure campaigns and the three largest annual fund gifts (in excess of $25,000) in department history. A restructured annual budget and streamlined operational expenses provided sport programs with their first operating budget increases each of the last three years. These were the first operating budget increases since 1992. The average annual gift to athletics has quadrupled over a three-year window.
With the creation of an annual giving calendar for athletics, cash gifts have nearly doubled over a three-year period and new donors have increased by 36 percent. Catalysts for increased growth include: revamping the Varsity Club (former letter-winners), establishing the HASF Young Alumni program and also founding the Women's Basketball "Circle of Excellence" to enhance female philanthropy.
In 2007, a six-figure campaign to construct the H.I.T. (Huskie Indoor Training) Center for baseball, softball, and men*s and women*s golf student-athlete performance enhancement was completed. Additionally, enhancement of Student-Athlete Academic Support Services (SAASS) funding has helped preserve seven consecutive semesters of the department*s cumulative student-athlete GPA exceeding a 3.0. McMurray also was lead editor on the athletic department's strategic plan completed in December of 2008.
Prior to joining NIU, McMurray served for five years at Texas State University, where he was Associate Athletics Director. During his time at Texas State, McMurray handled athletic major gift fund-raising, was executive director of the Bobcat Athletic Foundation, and had oversight of marketing, media relations, and performance groups during his time there. He was also responsible for the administration of the Bobcat baseball and softball programs.
While at Texas State, McMurray helped generate agreements that resulted in major capital gifts during the Bobcat Legacy Campaign, which produced over $19 million of athletic facility renovations and construction over a four-year period. Additionally, Bobcat Athletic Foundation revenue doubled over a three-year period and new members grew by over 60 percent. McMurray was also point person on the athletic department's strategic plan and its integration into the institution's long-range planning efforts.
McMurray came to Texas State in fall of 2000 from Lamar University where he was Assistant Athletics Director for External Affairs. In that role, he handled all fund-raising, marketing and promotions, sponsorships and community affairs. At Lamar, annual giving tripled over a two-year window, membership grew by over 150 percent and corporate sponsorship dollars more than doubled. Additionally, through an aggressive marketing and sales campaign, men's basketball had the sixth largest one-season attendance increase for all NCAA Division I institutions in 1998.
McMurray began his career as an undergraduate in the Lamar media relations office and served four years in a full-time capacity following graduation. He was the primary contact for men's basketball, baseball, and oversaw a staff of three prior to his transition to external affairs. During his time in the media relations office, he was the recipient of two CoSIDA awards (Best Cover and Coach's Biography).
He is a 1992 graduate of Lamar and holds a certificate in Sports Management from the Executive Education Institute at the University of Texas. In the summer of 2004, McMurray began a four-year term on the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) Executive Committee and currently serves as President of the organization this year.
McMurray and his wife, Vickie, reside in Sycamore with Maya (14) and Marley (10).