Hilltopper Athletic Foundation Shuffles Staff For 2003-04

July 16, 2003

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The Hilltopper Athletic Foundation (HAF), the fund-raising arm of Western Kentucky University athletic scholarships for nearly 40 years, announced wholesale staff changes for the 2003-2004 year Wednesday.

Tom Keith, the HAF Assistant Director the past two years, has been promoted to Associate Director - HAF & External Relations. Keith manages the day-to-day operations of the HAF office and oversees the foundation's annual membership campaign. He also serves as the Director of Luxury Suites for E.A. Diddle Arena, and will continue to manage all public relations campaigns for the HAF. Keith earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from Tennessee in 1997, and earned his MBA and Master of Education degrees from Louisville in 1999 and '00, respectively. He served as a graduate assistant with the UofL Athletic Association before joining the WKU staff in July 2001.

"Tom is a great asset to our department, and much of our success can be attributed to areas in which he is actively involved," said HAF Executive Director and Associate Athletics Director Jim Clark. "His work ethic, organizational skills, attention to detail, and overall knowledge of athletic administration have earned him this promotion and the responsibilities that go with it."

In addition, Clark also announced two more additions to the HAF staff. Ellen Suwanski, a 2003 graduate of WKU, joins the staff as Membership Services Coordinator. Suwanski will handle customer relations for over 1,400 HAF members. Melissa Sauber also joins the staff as Development Assistant after working in the athletic department at Emporia (Kan.) State the previous four years. Sauber will assist with a multitude of HAF projects.

The changes and additions come as a result of a 60 percent growth in HAF membership over the last two years. This past school year, for the first time ever, the HAF raised over $1 million to benefit WKU student-athletes. "In order for us to provide the type of stewardship our members deserve, as well as continue to expand our fan base and our support of WKU student-athletes, it is imperative that we have a first-class staff in place to cater to these individuals," Clark stated. "In terms of professionalism, attitude, and work ethic, I would put our staff up against any in the country."

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