KU Alumnus and Former Staffer Named Associate A.D. for Development, Marketing
May 8, 2011
Lawrence, Kan. – Terry Mohajir, who earned his master’s degree and worked at the University of Kansas in the mid-1990’s, will rejoin the Kansas Athletics staff later this month as Associate Athletics Director for Development and Marketing, KU Athletics Director Sheahon Zenger announced Sunday.
Mohajir will assume responsibility for the Williams Educational Fund, and will also direct the efforts of the Marketing and Game-Day Experience staffs. He will begin his duties May 31.
Mohajir is currently Senior Associate Athletics Director at FloridaAtlanticUniversity, where he oversees development, marketing, ticket sales, corporate sales and the media relations department. Foremost among his responsibilities is a fundraising campaign for a $70 million on-campus football stadium. He also has created and is implementing the revenue plan (operations and personnel) for the new stadium, which includes corporate sales, premium seats, ticket sales and marketing. He also has served on the design team for the stadium. His efforts helped FAU’s football program reach the 2007 New Orleans Bowl in just its fourth year as a FBS (formerly I-A) program, an NCAA record for the fastest start-up program to go to a bowl game.
Mohajir joined the FAU staff in December 2004 as Associate Athletics Director for Development, and has been heavily involved in creating a comprehensive fundraising program that focuses on major gifts, the annual fund and special events. Since his arrival, FAU’s athletics department has enhanced the major gift program 800 percent, Owl Club giving has increased 400 percent, and special-events revenue has increased 150 percent.
Mohajir’s connection to KU dates back to the mid-1990’s, when he was an assistant offensive line and game-day special team’s football coach for the Jayhawks (1993-96). He was on the staff that beat UCLA in the 1995 Aloha Bowl and had a final ranking of #9 in the AP poll. He was also a football ticket sales and promotions account executive for Kansas Athletics from 1996-97, and earned a master’s degree in sports management at KU in 1997.
“We are excited to welcome Terry back to the KU family,” Zenger said. “He has earned great respect through his professional accomplishments, but what matters as much to me is his breadth of experience here at KU. He earned his master’s degree here, so he is familiar with the academic side of campus. He also coached and gained experience in ticket sales and marketing. Terry will be a tremendous asset to Kansas Athletics and the University.”
Mohajir left KU in 1997 but he didn’t go far, staying in the Kansas City area as assistant athletics director for external relations at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. There he supervised marketing and promotions, sports information, fundraising, radio and TV contracts, corporate sales, tickets, event operations, sports medicine, strength/conditioning and men’s soccer. Under his leadership, UMKC Athletics saw dramatic increases in endowment, sponsorships, ticket revenue and its donor base. One of his more visible accomplishments at UMKC was the fundraising and construction efforts for a new training room and strength and conditioning center.
Mohajir graduated from ArkansasStateUniversity with a major in sports management and a minor in marketing in 1993. He was a starter on ASU’s football team.
Mohajir’s wife, Julie, is an alumna of KU where she was a member of Chi Omega and a member of the Kansas Athletics dance team that won two national championships. They have two daughters, Maria and Molly and son, Marco.
“After meeting Sheahon Zenger and hearing his vision for KU Athletics, I couldn’t resist being a part of his aggressive plans for the program,” Mohajir said. “We have a lot of work to do and strong leadership in place to accomplish big goals. My wife and I are thrilled to come back to the great State of Jayhawks!”