Majeski Steps Down after a Decade at Willamette

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, ORE. -- Mark Majeski, who served as Director of Athletics at Willamette University for the past 10 years, stepped down from his position on May 31, 2011.

During his time at Willamette, Majeski led the Athletics Department through a period of significant growth and change. The department's budget grew from $1.5 million to just under $2.4 million.

Majeski hired all of the current Athletics Department staff with the exception of two head coaches, and several positions were created or enhanced during his tenure. Several facilities were upgraded, including turf fields, lights and scoreboards at both Sparks Field and McCulloch Stadium.

Fundraising income more than doubled through the Bearcat Club annual giving program. In addition, the number of donors grew by more than 250 percent.

With President M. Lee Pelton's appointment of the Trustee Working Group on Athletics in February of 2007, Majeski helped lead a campus-wide strategic planning effort for the overall athletics program. This effort raised the level of awareness, engagement and support on campus among administrators, faculty, staff and students.

Majeski came to Willamette in October of 2000. He developed and implemented wide ranging programs that served the Bearcats' 20 NCAA Division III sports and nearly 500 student-athletes. Majeski helped develop the GAME PLAN program to assist freshman student-athletes in the transition to the demands of college. He created the Cardinal & Gold magazine, revamped departmental policies and procedures for game management, budgeting and student employment.

In addition to his Willamette duties, Majeski also served five years on the NCAA Division III membership committee, including as chair from 2008-10. He also served as a member of the NCAA's task force on future Division III membership growth issues.

Majeski plans to stay engaged in collegiate athletics and has not ruled out the possibility of working as an athletic director, but will now focus efforts on building programs and services to promote best practices in collegiate athletics. He plans to work with existing Division III institutions and those interested in joining the NCAA to successfully navigate membership processes and requirements.

Mark Majeski served as the Director of Athletics at Willamette for 10 years.

Mark Majeski served as the Director of Athletics at Willamette for 10 years.