Kirtland Resigns; Lester Named Acting Head of Fundraising at Kansas Athletics

April 5, 2010

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Sean Lester, associate athletics director for internal relations at Kansas Athletics, will temporarily take on additional duties, Director of Athletics Lew Perkins announced today.

Lester will continue to oversee Kansas Athletics’ internal operations, including the business and facilities departments, and will temporarily lead fundraising efforts, replacing associate athletics director Ben Kirtland, who resigned today.

“Sean brings assurance and financial accountability to the Williams Educational Fund,” Perkins said. “He knows our donors and understands how the process works. Sean oversees the budget for Kansas Athletics and has a great understanding of both our needs, and current and future commitments. I appreciate his willingness to step into this temporary role and work with Jennifer Berquist to lead the Williams Fund.”

Lester joined Kansas Athletics in September of 2003, when Perkins became the Director of Athletics.