Regis University Taps Spafford to Lead Rangers Athletic Program
June 21, 2016
Denver, June 21, 2016 – Regis University has named David Spafford the new assistant vice president of Athletics.
Spafford has served as the interim athletic director since January and has more than 16 years of experience in higher education and in NCAA athletics.
Spafford joined Regis last July as an assistant vice president for University Advancement. He developed relationships with major gift and principal gift prospects for Athletics, the College of Business and Economics, Regis College, and the College of Contemporary and Liberal Studies. He also led the major gift fundraising and development staff that focused on these departments and colleges to support the goals and objectives of the Regis Rising Strategic Plan.
He was named to the interim role following the departure of Ann Martin, who left the University for a position with the NCAA. Spafford has developed a strong business plan for Regis Athletics that he looks forward to implementing.
As the assistant vice president of Athletics, his role with Regis will expand as he will oversee and develop the University’s 12 NCAA Division II varsity sport teams while ensuring all programs, coaches, staff and student-athletes are in compliance with policies, rules and regulations of Regis University, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) and the NCAA.
“David has done a terrific job in his role as interim athletic director. He has jumped in with both feet, and he now deeply understands our players, coaches and staff – and is committed to all of their success,” said Robert Blust, vice president of Enrollment Management at Regis University. “I am confident that he will work tirelessly to ensure that we build on the solid foundation that already exists throughout our athletic department. He believes in our mission, and I look forward to working with him closely as we envision the future of Regis Athletics.”
Prior to Regis, Spafford worked at the Kansas State University Foundation and the Oklahoma State University Foundation working through segments of each university’s $1 billion campaign.
Across his career, he has assisted or led more than 10 major capital improvement projects totaling $250.5 million.
Other achievements include assisting with the renovation of the basketball arena while securing lead gifts for the renovation of the baseball program’s Lobo Field, while serving as assistant athletic director for major gifts at the University of New Mexico. At Wichita State University, where he served as associate athletic director of development, he helped lead a $25 million expansion and renovation of the basketball arena and surrounding athletic complex.
He is excited to have the opportunity to build on the strength of Regis’ programs and supporting student-athletes in competition and in the classroom, where for 2015-16 they achieved a cumulative 3.43 GPA. He also hopes to continue to grow the Team Impact program and expand the opportunities for student-athletes to serve the community.
“I am committed to educational excellence, competitive success, and integrity while leading the coaches, staff and student-athletes to achieve these same goals,” Spafford said. “Ideally, I would like Regis student-athletes to have the opportunity to walk at graduation and receive their diploma while wearing a championship ring.”
President of Regis University, Father John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J., agrees that Spafford will accomplish great things for Regis, “David is absolutely the right person for this job. This is an exciting time for Athletics at our University!”