Keith McCluney was hired as FAU’s Associate Athletic Director for Development on June 1, 2017.
McCluney makes his way back to the South Florida region after almost three years of leading the Blue Raider Athletic Association at Middle Tennessee State University. Under his leadership, the Blue Raider Athletic Association experienced unprecedented growth and completely overhauled their development process while positioning the organization for sustained long-term annual fund growth and preparing the donor pool for future major capital projects. During his tenure at MT, McCluney led two major capital projects. The renovation of the Athletics Sports Performance Center had an immediate and direct impact on student-athlete performance and success as it produced bowl appearances, conference championships and multiple NCAA Tournament berths. The premium space renovation of the Floyd Stadium Open Air Box seating area also served as a major upgrade to the most sought after area of all athletic inventory and provided a substantial increase in revenue while greatly improving the game day experience. MT Athletics also opened a $6 million indoor tennis center (Adams Tennis Complex) during this era of unprecedented growth and revitalization and has hosted local, regional and national events since its opening.
McCluney came to Murfreesboro following four years at Wake Forest where he served as the Director of Regional Development for the Deacon Club. As part of the Deacon Club team, McCluney’s primary focus was soliciting and securing major gifts to fund strategic initiatives and capital projects. McCluney played a major role in the early stages of the “Wake Will” Campaign that recently surpassed $200 million raised for athletics and transformed the athletic facilities of the historic Winston Salem campus.
Prior to his time with the Deacons, McCluney served in two other Power 5 administrative roles as the Assistant Director of Development at the University of Tennessee and the Assistant Director of Annual Giving at the University of Miami. Prior to his time at Miami, McCluney began his athletics administration career as Assistant AD for Marketing and Promotions at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC.
A native of Shelby, NC, McCluney is a former football student-athlete and graduate of Fayetteville State University with a B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing. McCluney is also a graduate of the Sports Management Institute (SMI) and the North Carolina A&T State University Leadership Academy as well as a member of the National Association of Athletic Directors of Development (NAADD). McCluney is also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Fans and supporters are encouraged to follow McCluney on twitter @KEMcCluney.