Cohen To Oversee Athletics Development
May 2, 2008
SEATTLE - With a number of significant fund-raising initiatives either currently underway or rapidly approaching, University of Washington acting athletic director Scott Woodward has promoted Jennifer Cohen to oversee the department's development efforts as the senior associate athletic director for development.
Cohen, who has served as the department's associate athletic director for major gifts since December, 2005, will continue to oversee the department's fundraising efforts for various initiatives such as capital projects, planning giving and scholarships. She will also oversee the athletic department's annual fundraising efforts through the Tyee Club, the Big 'W" Club and special events.
"Jennifer has proven to be an excellent development officer, a highly-competent administrator and a passionate representative of the University of Washington," said Scott Woodward, UW's acting director of athletics and university vice president for external affairs. "She has a vision for where the department needs to be from a fundraising perspective and will be a key leader in our Husky Stadium renovation project and scholarship endowment initiatives. She is a real rising star on our athletics staff."
A native of Tacoma, Cohen has served the University of Washington's development efforts for the past 10 years. She joined the athletic department staff in 1998 as an assistant director of development before moving to the university's central development office to focus on fundraising efforts on behalf of the office of undergraduate education. She also spent time with the UW's regional gifts program before returning to athletics three years ago to oversee the department's major gifts program.
"The University of Washington is such a special place and I'm thrilled that I can be involved in such a dynamic time in its athletics history," said Cohen. "Clearly, we have some major challenges ahead of us - particularly with the Husky Stadium renovation and the escalating costs of scholarships. But, there is such a tremendous amount of energy and commitment from our donors and I'm confident that we can ensure the UW's continued place as a leader in intercollegiate athletics."
During her time at UW, Cohen has been involved with fundraising campaigns for the "Campaign For The Student-Athlete," which provided for a number of significant initiatives that included the renovation of Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion and the Conibear Shellhouse, the construction of the Dempsey Indoor Practice Facility, the Husky Legends Center, Husky Golf Center and various scholarship endowments.
Recently, she has been a driving force behind a major effort to maximize the university's "Students First" matching scholarship program, which has earned more than $15 million for the department's endowment for athletics scholarships.
A 1991 graduate of San Diego State University, Cohen earned her master's degree in physical education with an emphasis in sports administration, from Pacific Lutheran University in 1994. Her professional experience includes a variety of roles in intercollegiate athletics administration at Pacific Lutheran, the University of Puget Sound and Texas Tech University. She and her husband, Bill, were married in 1996 and are the parents of two sons, Tyson and Dylan.