Dr. Donde Plowman, James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean of the College of Business Administration announced the addition of a new advisory board for the Master of Arts in Business with a Specialization in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration (MAIAA) program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The MAIAA advisory board joins 14 other advisory boards at the College of Business Administration, totaling more than 215 individuals.
“CBA strives to provide our students with the best career opportunities possible,” Plowman said. “As this joint master’s program is the first of its kind partnering the College of Business Administration and Nebraska Athletics, we are asking alumni leaders to join a dynamic advisory board to assist students and continue to build our national prominence in both business and athletics.”
The MAIAA Advisory Board members serve as mentors and counselors to faculty and students. They meet two or more times per year as a board, including during the exclusive CBA Partnership Summit held each fall.
A diverse group of collegiate athletic administrators and professionals make up the inaugural MAIAA board. They will work closely with the 22 current MAIAA students at CBA throughout their time at Nebraska and as they enter the workforce of collegiate athletics.
The new advisory board members include: Kevin Ashmos ’16, marketing associate at Nebraska Athletics; Mike Doty ’10, athletic facilities coordinator at Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, Missouri; Kris Fowler ’01, associate athletic director at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana; Adam Grams ’07, assistant commissioner for compliance services at Southland Conference, Frisco, Texas; Matt Henry ’14 and ’16, development and ticket strategy analytics associate at Nebraska Athletics; Rob Heuer ’05, assistant athletic director for compliance at Southern Methodist University, Dallas; Aaryn Kearney ’08, coordinator of football recruiting operations at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana; Matt Maher ’05, ’08, senior associate athletic director for administration at South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota; Kathy Sulentic ’98, associate director of enforcement, academic integrity unit at the NCAA; and Scott Wandzilak, assistant athletic director for development at University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
Ashmos is a marketing associate in the marketing and fan experience department for Nebraska Athletics. His department coordinates all in-game promotions and entertainment, ticket sales and advertising campaigns and public announcements. He was a member of the first graduating class of the MAIAA program.
Doty serves as the athletic facilities coordinator at Missouri Southern State University. In his role he manages all athletic facilities for the university including scheduling, maintenance and upkeep, facilities preparedness for game days and contract management for external events.
Fowler joined the Indiana University Athletics Compliance Office in September 2012 as associate athletics director. Fowler oversees all IU compliance operations in addition to serving on the department’s senior staff and as the sport administrator for the men’s and women’s golf programs. Prior to working at Indiana, she served as an assistant athletic director at the University of Kansas.
Grams is the assistant commissioner for compliance services for the Southland Conference where he oversees the compliance program of the 13 conference institutions. In addition, he is the liaison for the faculty athletics representatives and the compliance committee to the Southland Conference Advisory Council.
Henry is development and ticketing strategy and analytics associate for Nebraska Athletics. He provides and executes strategies for ticket marketing campaigns for the Huskers. He was a member of the inaugural class in the MAIAA program and was the class recipient of the 110 Percent Award from CBA.
Heuer serves as the assistant athletic director for compliance at SMU and oversees day-to-day operations of the Mustangs’ compliance office while also serving as the sport contact for the football and volleyball programs. He also serves as the administrator for such areas as equipment operations, facilities and operations, sports medicine, sports psychology and video production.
Kearney is coordinator of recruiting operations for the University of Notre Dame football program. In this role, he assists the recruiting coordinator and director of player personnel. He organizes all official and unofficial visits by prospective student-athletes, manages compliance and academic records for recruits, oversees student workers, and helps organize and direct game day recruiting efforts.
Maher is senior associate athletics director for administration for South Dakota State University. He manages day-to-day operations of the athletic department and is the primary athletics liaison for campus and community organizations. He serves as the sport administrator for men’s basketball, wrestling, volleyball and men’s and women’s tennis.
Sulentic serves as an associate director of enforcement for the NCAA and chair of the academic integrity unit. She joined the staff in 2010 and her primary responsibilities include conducting joint investigations with institutions on potential Level I/II violations providing subject matter expertise on Bylaw 14 and academic fraud issues.
Wandzilak serves as the assistant athletic director of development at USC where his main responsibilities include major gift fundraising, overseeing the Heritage Association and serving as the direct liaison for baseball and track and field.
The unique MAIAA program is the brainchild of Plowman and Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst and is a collaboration between CBA and the Nebraska Department of Athletics. The program was founded in 2014 and the first cohort of students graduated with their MAIAA degrees in May 2016.