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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Williams Education Fund director leaving

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The director of the Williams Education Fund for Kansas Athletics since Aug. 2016, Matt Baty, is leaving the department, KU announced on Thursday.

"It has been an honor to represent Kansas Athletics," Baty, once an All-Big 12 centerfielder for the KU baseball team, stated in a release. "I am proud of the progress the Williams Education Fund has made, and I thank the donors for making that possible. Considering the passion of those donors, I am excited at the prospect of even greater things happening for Kansas Athletics in the future."

A 2006 graduate of KU, Baty served as a vice president in treasury management at Equity Bank in Wichita before joining Kansas Athletics as a senior associate athletics director. He also held a number of athletics and fundraising positions, and served as general manager of the Wichita Sports Forum.

"I have enjoyed working with Matt during my time at Kansas," first-year KU Athletics Director Jeff Long stated in KU’s release. "Under his guidance the Williams Education Fund has made significant strides in an important era for Kansas Athletics. We wish Matt all the best as he takes on new challenges."

The Williams Education Fund raises money for scholarships for student-athletes. Baty oversaw a staff of 14, which manage KU's priority point system and select-a-seat process, as well as hospitality and the game day experience for members. The fund's staff members also help identify and meet student-athlete needs in the way of aid and capital projects, while serving as stewards of the fund, according to the WEF website.

Comments

Robert Brock 2 weeks, 3 days ago

Hallelujah! Good things are continuing to happen at KU.

Suzi Marshall 2 weeks, 3 days ago

Why do you say that? I don't know Baty at all but all my interactions with everyone from the Williams Fund have been universally positive.

Frederick Heckel 2 weeks, 3 days ago

Baty bashed fans that didn't give KU at least $5k a year and buy season tickets. The dude was a huge douche that needed to leave.

John Strayer 2 weeks, 2 days ago

Baty had a tendency to throw KU sports fans under the bus...even blaming them for being part of the problem with football...when the problem lay squarely with the prior administration and their terrible decisions.

Even if it were partially true...you don't do that in public. You don't publicly insult people you hope to hit up for donations in the future.

[''] 2 weeks, 2 days ago

Interesting that they aren't saying WHY he is leaving. Can you say "pushed out"...for being the aforementioned douche.

Brian Babcock 2 weeks, 2 days ago

Is it just me or is the 'flag for removal' button too easy to accidentally click? There's no undo button. Sorry about that. I wanted to comment that if this had been related to the recent trial the article would have all kinds of speculation as to why he is leaving.

David Robinett 2 weeks, 2 days ago

Jeff Long is getting our house in order.

We have never seen this from a KU AD, which means we might have a competent one now.

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