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Thursday, July 28, 2016

KU hires former Jayhawk Matt Baty to lead Williams Fund efforts

Zenger also announces search for football fund raiser: 'It's now time to focus on Memorial Stadium'

After missing 18 games this season with a serious injury, Kansas University left fielder Matt Baty was named the most outstanding player at this year's Big 12 tournament in Oklahoma City. Baty and the Jayhawks will leave this morning for Corvallis, Ore., for NCAA Tournament regional play.

After missing 18 games this season with a serious injury, Kansas University left fielder Matt Baty was named the most outstanding player at this year's Big 12 tournament in Oklahoma City. Baty and the Jayhawks will leave this morning for Corvallis, Ore., for NCAA Tournament regional play.

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The University of Kansas athletic department is turning to one former KU athlete to replace another in the leadership position at the Williams Education Fund.

According to a Thursday morning press release, former Jayhawk baseball standout Matt Baty has been named Associate Athletics Director, Williams Education Fund, Marketing & Sales. Baty replaces Banks Floodman, a former KU football linebacker, who led the department for the past three years.

"As we looked for a leader to enhance our fundraising efforts with the Williams Education Fund, we wanted first and foremost someone who understands the importance of our nearly 6,000 donors," KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger said in the release. "We are grateful for their support and will do all we can to preserve each and every relationship. The other critical piece is someone who is ready to jump in and help lead a capital campaign.

"After a thorough search and vetting process," Zenger continued, "I am proud to welcome Matt back to the University of Kansas – this time as a member of our leadership team. Matt's skillset makes him a natural fit to lead our talented teams in WEF, Marketing and Sales. His passion for the Jayhawks and his experience in athletics, fundraising and management are exactly what we need."

The former All-Big 12 Conference center fielder who graduated in 2006 since has held a number of athletics and fundraising positions. He is currently the General Manager of the Wichita Sports Forum, an approximately 148,000-square-foot multi-purpose facility, where he oversees a staff of 85.

Prior to that Baty served as a vice-president, treasury management, at Equity Bank in Wichita. Among other duties, Baty was involved in business development of retail and commercial accounts and private banking services, including deposit and loan products. He also assisted in developing new products, enhancing current products and services, and developing marketing campaigns for bank services. He also represented the bank at community events.

"I am deeply honored to come back to where my love for college athletics began as a student-athlete," Baty said in the release. "I am thankful for the opportunity that Dr. Zenger has given me and my family. It was a privilege to wear Kansas across my chest as a student-athlete and I will carry on that very same pride in my new role. I look forward to joining the talented staff at Kansas Athletics and building upon the foundation of those who have come before me."

Before his three-year stint at Equity Bank, Baty served as assistant athletics director for development at Wichita State University. He began his career as a marketing coordinator at Kansas Athletics after earning a one-year intern position at the Big 12 Conference. As a KU student-athlete he served on KU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Chancellor's Academic Advisory Committee. He obtained his bachelor's degree in sports administration.

Baty and his wife, Kris, who is also a KU graduate and former rower, are the parents of three children.

In addition to bringing Baty home to his alma mater, Zenger also announced the next step for the Williams Fund: a national search for a football campaign fundraiser.

"We have done great things here on campus in regards to facility development and growth," Zenger said. "It's now time to focus on Memorial Stadium – getting the right person to help shepherd this important initiative."

Comments

Dirk Medema 2 years, 11 months ago

It's great that excellent Jayhawks are coming back to represent KU building on DrZs leadership in developing the athletic department.

Chuck Woodling 2 years, 11 months ago

It was time to focus on Memorial Stadium 10 years ago. Now may be too late. But if Matt can convince dynamic brother Ryan to stop selling mattresses and lead the stadium campaign, it may not be too late.

Bville Hawk 2 years, 11 months ago

Always kind of liked most of your columns back in the day when you wrote for the LJW. I didn't realize then what a total putz you are, but carry on, hope your enjoy trolling.

Suzi Marshall 2 years, 11 months ago

Don't get why you would say that about Chuck?

As far as stadium expansion goes, I'm glad we did not do it 10 years go. Although the team was more competitive then, doing the stadium now or over the next 10 years will allow us to take advantages of several great technology advances even the BU stadium lacks.

Marius Rowlanski 2 years, 11 months ago

37 years working for the LJW Bville, show some respect.

Marius Rowlanski 2 years, 11 months ago

"It was time to focus on Memorial Stadium 10 years ago."

Not exactly rocket science here. Just glad to hear it stated publicly, makes it harder to stick it back into the "we'll get around to it" folder.

Michael Lorraine 2 years, 11 months ago

I agree with Chuck, should have focused more attention on our stadium at least a decade ago but as far as realignment goes I don't think it's too late.

Titus Canby 2 years, 11 months ago

I love Memorial Stadium. What is it that people don't like? Seriously, I think it's an awesome place to watch a game. The only other places I've been to college games are Michigan and Notre Dame, and I feel Memorial Stadium is head and shoulders above both of them. But then I'm biased.

Marius Rowlanski 2 years, 11 months ago

For me, I graduated in '82 and the stadium was in pretty bad shape (as was the football program) then. I know there has been a lot of improvements but it's old and not a revered venue like the Fieldhouse.

Also, it's one of the first things new recruits see...just my opinion, haven't been there since the early '90's.

Michael Lorraine 2 years, 11 months ago

I agree, Memorial is an awesome place to watch football. The view up the hill with the campanile and campus in the background is priceless but the facility is not so great. Whatever they do, I pray they never build a new stadium off campus like K-state did. The ambiance of Memorial cannot be duplicated elsewhere.

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