by Chris Bahn
Posted 8/16/2013 03:39 pm
Updated 11 months ago
Kale Gober, athletic director at Henderson State, has been named assistant athletic director for development at the University of Arkansas.
Gober, a native of El Dorado, has been at HSU the past three years. The 2010 Arkansas Business 20 in the 20s alum will lead development efforts for the athletic department and coordinate major gift fundraising with the Razorback Foundation.
"I am extremely honored and excited to be joining a great, tradition-rich program such as the Razorbacks," Gober said. "I appreciate Jeff Long giving me this professional opportunity to be part of one of the nation’s most competitive intercollegiate athletics programs. Having spent my entire life in this great state, I have a deep respect and understanding of what the Razorbacks represent.
"I am also grateful to Dr. Glen Jones, the coaches, administration and student-athletes of Henderson State University. It has been a privilege to lead the Reddies’ program for the past three years. I am confident that the program will continue to build on its success in the years to come."
At HSU Gober oversaw 12 men’s and women’s NCAA Division II programs. He was responsible for athletic budget planning and oversight, in addition to private fund-raising and marketing.
Here’s more from the UA release on Gober’s hire, including a note that the Reddie's fundraising efforts tripled in his three years on the job:
In his time at Henderson, Gober restructured the Reddie Club, Henderson’s athletic booster club. Since his arrival, Reddie Club’s donations more than tripled. In correlation with Reddie Club memberships, football season-ticket sales have nearly doubled, and the reserved seating area has more than doubled. Reserved season tickets have also been sold out in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history.
Henderson State also saw growth in marketing and corporate dollars, with the corporate sales sector growing by five-times. In 2011, Gober obtained private funding and sponsorships for a state-of-the-art artificial playing surface at Carpenter-Haygood Stadium, which was spearheaded by the second-largest private gift in the department’s history. Gober was also instrumental in various other facility enhancements including improvements to Dee White Field, a new scoreboard in the Duke Wells Center, Clyde Berry Field, the men’s basketball locker room and a donor relations room.. Gober also served as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee for the Great American Conference.
Gober came to Henderson State after having been employed as Development Associate and Assistant to the Athletics Director at the University of Central Arkansas, where he was mentored under UCA Athletic Director Dr. Brad Teague.
Gober played football at Henderson State. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas.