USF hires associate AD for fundraising
USF has a new leader for its athletic fundraising efforts, as the Bulls on Tuesday announced the hiring of Ohio University's Jim Harris as senior associate athletic director, as well as the university's associate vice president for development.
Harris, 33, spent the last four years at Ohio, where he helped secure a $10 million lead gift toward an athletics facility for the Bobcats; while at Indiana, he helped the efforts to build a $45 million North End Zone facility as well as a $25 million basketball facility.
"I am excited to join the University of South Florida family and to work with all of the wonderful donors, alumni, fans, student-athletes and administration at USF," Harris said in a statement. "It is an honor to be part of such a tremendous and growing athletic program, led by Doug Woolard, one of the best in the business, and I look forward to playing a role in the future of USF athletics."
Harris fills the opening created when Vicki Mitchell left in December to work for the USF Foundation; the Bulls' fundraising efforts also lost former athletic director and Bucs legend Lee Roy Selmon, who died in the fall of 2011. The Bulls last year completed an ambitious wave of new facilities, with new stadiums for baseball, softball, soccer and track, as well as practice facilities for football and basketball.
"Jim brings an outstanding skill set and stellar reputation to the development office," Woolard said in a statement. "He has shown documented success in his previous positions, and we know he'll bring his expertise, charisma and dedication to this vital role."