NEW YORK—Walter Brock has been named Columbia University Athletics’ new Director of Development, Campbell Family Director of Intercollegiate Athletics & Physical Education Peter Pilling announced on Wednesday.
At Columbia, Brock’s responsibilities will focus on overseeing the University’s athletic development staff and resources. Brock began his new duties on August 21, 2017.
“We are incredibly happy to have Walter on board,” said Senior Executive Director for Development Katie Day Benvenuto ’03 C ’12 BUS. “He’s a perfect fit for the role, as someone who has experience working on the front lines with investors, but also someone who understands the breadth of engagement and programming Athletics offers to its constituents through its 31 varsity sports programs. Walter will help us drive momentum for Athletics as part of the University’s Columbia Commitment.”
Brock arrives in Morningside Heights with over 10 years of higher education and sports business experience. He spent the past three and a half years working at the University of California, Berkeley and most recently served as the Associate Director of Development for Leadership Gifts. In this role, he helped shape Berkeley’s vision of raising philanthropic support for scholarships, endowments and capital projects in Southern California. During his tenure, Brock secured $1.5 million in outright gifts and put together gifts totaling $3.1 million, managed a portfolio of 75 leadership gift level prospects and collaborated with campus partners on identifying, developing strategy, soliciting gifts and stewarding donors.
During his tenure in Berkeley, Brock also served as a Director of Major Gifts for Athletics and as an account executive for premium seating for Cal Athletics.
Brock’s various experiences also include a two-year stint with the NFL’s Oakland Raiders, where he worked as an Account Executive (2012-14) and a four-year tenure with Conference USA in Irving, Texas, where he served as both its Director and Assistant Director of Sports Services (2008-12). With the Raiders, he created unique game day experience platforms for fans, businesses and non-profit organizations and generated $726,000 and sold over 17,000 tickets during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
As a member of the Conference USA staff, he served as Director of Sports Services, where he was responsible for overseeing the regular season management and championship operations for select sports. He also led the negotiations of a multi-year agreement with the City of Birmingham, Ala. to host the 2012 and 2013 C-USA Indoor Track and Field Championships, served as co-director of the league’s men’s and women’s basketball championships, worked with television programming and served as the primary liaison and championship administrator for men’s and women’s soccer, cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field and men’s tennis. He also served as a liaison to the Conference’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Brock received his break into athletics administration when he received a post-graduate internship at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in Indianapolis, Ind., where he was an Academic and Membership Affairs representative responsible for NCAA rules interpretations and processing legislative relief and progress-toward degree waivers. Brock also assisted with facilitating student-athlete development content for NCAA Leadership Conferences and aided in the management of the NCAA Final Four Hoop City zone.
A native of San Francisco, Calif., Brock earned a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif. He is completing his thesis for a Master’s degree in Human Sport Performance from California State University, Sacramento. A former defensive lineman, Brock played football at both Saint Mary’s (2002-04) and at Cal-State Sacramento (2004-05).
Brock is a guest lecturer and has facilitated student-athlete development and career transition content at the University of Central Florida Sports Business Minor and DeVos Sports Management Graduate Program, the University of California, Los Angeles Business of Sports Class and is a leadership consultant with Forward Progress Athletics Consulting.