Boise State alum arrives in Athens after spending six years at his alma mater
Jim Harris begins second year as a Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development within the Ohio University Athletic Department. Harris was promoted into his current role in the summer of 2011 after serving nearly two as an Associate Athletic Director.
In his current role as Senior Associate Athletics Director of Development, Harris oversees the Ohio Bobcat Club which is responsible for all areas of philanthropic giving including gift fundraising, capital campaign projects, the Ohio Bobcat Club Annual Fund and Scholarship/Endowment Gifts.
Harris, a 2004 Ohio University MBA and MSA honoree, returned to Athens in October of 2009 after serving as Associate Director of Development/Director of Annual Giving at Indiana University for just over four years.
At IU, Harris increased annual giving 37.4% in his first three years, which represented a $2.1 million increase. That figure represented the largest three-year growth in the history of the IU's Varsity Club. He was also responsible for implementing IU's first-ever premium seating for men's basketball. In addition, Harris helped in the major gift efforts for a $45 million North End Zone Facility and a $25 million men's and women's basketball facility.
From July 2004 to June 2005, Harris was Indiana's Assistant Director of Development/Director of Young Alumni Development where he served as the athletic liaison to IU's Alumni Association and state volunteer network. He was also responsible for the development and implementation if IU's young alumni comp donor program.
He served as a Graduate Assistant in Ohio's Athletic Development office from August 2003 to June 2004 where, among other duties, he maintained the annual giving donor database and acknowledgement system.
Harris worked as a Marketing/Administrative Intern for the Big South Conference in the summer of 2003 where he served as the main contact and liaison for several corporate sponsors. While there, he helped the league achieve the largest sponsorship revenue year in Conference history at that point, a total that exceeded $600,000.
Harris received his bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Indiana University in May 2002.