Jim Clark is in his 10th year at WKU after joining the Hilltoppers’ athletic department in 2000. He oversees external operations in the athletic department as well as the Hilltopper Athletic Foundation. He also serves as the development director for major gifts for WKU Athletics and oversees postseason championship coordination and travel.
Clark works closely with board members, donors, prospective donors and volunteers and is responsible for developing and monitoring a comprehensive fund raising program with a major emphasis on increased annual giving. Under his leadership, HAF assets have grown from slightly over $1 million in 2002 to over $6 million in 2009. HAF annual direct contributions to WKU athletics have grown from $300,000 to over $700,000, and the group’s annual membership has also grown from 678 to over 1,500. During his tenure at WKU, Clark also organized the total re-seating of E.A. Diddle Arena in 2003 while also cultivating and selling 16 luxury suites.
Clark also served as WKU’s Coordinator of Marketing and Promotions from 1992-93 before working as the Development Associate at the University of Mississippi from 1993-2000.
As Development Associate for the Ole Miss Loyalty Foundation, Clark increased annual giving 300% from 1993-99. He assisted in the university’s $13 million football stadium expansion campaign and planned coaches’ caravan tours and the Loyalty Foundation Golf Tournament. He was responsible for the solicitation and sales of 1,000 rebel club seats, generating $1,000,000 annually, and was instrumental in the sale of Sky Suites for the Rebels’ 2002 football stadium expansion.
During his first stint at WKU, Clark developed a comprehensive corporate sponsorship package for WKU Athletics and sold and administered corporate sponsorships and ticket packages. He also started the student athletics Booster Club and assisted with HAF’s annual membership campaign and auction. He also sold and administered corporate sponsorships, ticket packages and season ticket sales for revenue producing sports.
A native of McComb, Miss., Clark is an active member of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors and enjoys golf & traveling in his spare time. He earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Southeastern Louisiana in 1989, while obtaining a master's degree in Sports Administration from Southern Mississippi in 1991.