Garrett Waller Named Associate AD for Development

KINGSTON, R.I. -- Garrett Waller has been named the University of Rhode Island's new Associate AD for Development, it was announced today by Director of Athletics Thorr Bjorn and URI Foundation President Mike Smith.  Waller is slated to start on August 12.

Waller comes to Rhode Island after spending the previous eight years at the University of Massachusetts, serving as the executive director of the UMass Athletic Association and the director of major gifts for the athletics department.

“I am thrilled to have Garrett Waller lead our fundraising team. He is a true development professional with a proven track record of growing fundraising dollars in a significant way at each of the institutions he has worked," said Bjorn.  "Garrett will bring a tremendous amount of experience to our senior leadership team and is a welcome addition."

URI Foundation President Mike Smith added, “We were happy to be able bring someone of Garrett’s caliber on board here at URI to help expand and refine development strategies that will result in increased support for Rhody Athletics’ programs.  We look forward to having him join the team and to seeing the tangible impact of his efforts.”

Waller was directly responsible for the leadership of the major gifts unit of the UMass athletics development office, including the Minutemen Club, capital projects, scholarships, endowments, athletic fundraising events, 16 sport-specific booster programs and planned gifts.  

Waller also executed major gift solicitations for the $33M UMass Rising Campaign for athletics, including soliciting and securing the largest gift by an individual to the athletics department - $10M - for a basketball practice facility to be completed in 2014.

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity that President Dr. David Dooley, URI Foundation President Mike Smith, and Director of Athletics Thorr Bjorn have given me to join the University of Rhode Island family,” said Waller.  “My hope is to connect the great passion and pride of our alumni and friends to a meaningful purpose that betters the university and the student-athlete experience.”
 
Prior to his arrival in Amherst, Waller served as the Assistant AD for Development at St. John's.  During his tenure, he helped to increase the annual giving to the Red-White Club from $350,000 to $800,000 in just three years, while developing and implementing a premium seating program at Madison Square Garden.

A 1999 graduate of Stony Brook with a degree in history, Waller was a four-year letterwinner in baseball.  He and his wife Lori - a former Stony Brook softball player - have a son Jake, and a daughter Emily.