Kirkham Named Executive Senior Associate AD of Development

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State Athletics and University Advancement have announced the appointment of Jacob Kirkham to the position of Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director of Development. In this role, Kirkham will lead fundraising efforts for MSU Athletics and Spartan Fund initiatives, while supervising Spartan Fund staff. Kirkham’s first day will be March 6, 2023.

“We’re excited to add Jacob Kirkham to our leadership team within MSU Athletics and as a key collaborator with University Advancement,” said Michigan State Vice President and Director of Athletics Alan Haller. “As a proven fundraiser, we will draw on his expertise from him to heighten our fundraising efforts to enhance the student-athlete experience.

“Our vision for the future of MSU Athletics, our teams, and our student-athletes is limitless. Partnering with our passionate and transformational supporters who share our goals for academic achievement, competitive success, and developing a holistic student-athlete experience will be crucial to elevating excellence.”

“Athletics is often viewed as the front porch to the university and endears many Spartans to the great things going on at our world-class institution,” said Michigan State Vice President of Advancement Kim Tobin. “We look forward to Jacob joining our team and advancing Spartan impact through an engaged partnership with our generous donors.”

Kirkham spent the last six years as Associate Athletic Director & Executive Director of Major Gifts / Sr. Director of Development at the Oregon State University Foundation, overseeing a team of professionals focused on major gifts, events, and donor relationships in support of Oregon State University Athletics.

Kirkham has extensive athletics fundraising experience, and at OSU he was part of the team that raised more than $92 million in support of ‘Completing Reser Stadium’ – the most transformational project in the history of OSU. The 365-day use facility included an addition to the football stadium, a student welcome center, and a student health clinic. During his tenure at OSU, Kirkham played a significant role in the OSU Athletics facilities Master Plan and the creation of several key initiatives including the Terry Baker Society, Forever Beavs, OSU Football Head Coach’s Circle, and FEARLESS – Women of Oregon State Athletics. Kirkham has a deep understanding of university advancement and all aspects of fundraising and has a personal commitment to intercollegiate athletics.

Prior to Oregon State, Kirkham spent nearly three years as a Major Gift Officer for West Virginia University Athletics and the Mountaineer Athletic Club. Before WVU, Kirkham spent three years at the University of Utah working as a Regional Development Officer.

Kirkham earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Utah and his master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University.

His family includes his wife Whitney, and their four children (Cassity, twins Charlie and Walt, and Quinn).

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