Phillip Rich is FAU’s Associate Athletics Director for Development, having been elevated into the role in July, 2013, after serving the previous two and half years as the Owl’s Director of Major Gifts for the program’s new on-campus football stadium.
In his current capacity, Rich leads Athletics’ fundraising initiatives, capital campaign efforts, comprehensive major gift proposals and annual giving programs. He oversees a staff of three, who are committed to securing funding resources for Florida Atlantic University student-athletes.
Specifically, Rich leads Athletics’ major gift fundraising efforts while carrying a full portfolio of major gift prospects and donors. Inasmuch, he leads collaboration efforts with the University's Central Major Gifts Team and Directors of Development within the schools and units. In addition, he serves as a member of the Department of Athletics’ Executive Staff and works closely with Vice President and Director of Athletics Patrick Chun and other members of the executive team on the overall direction of the Department of Athletics.
On December 2, 2014, FAU Athletics launched a comprehensive fundraising drive with a goal of raising $50 million in support of FAU’s student-athletes, which total over 450. Highlighting Athletics’ $50 million goal is the Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence, a new multipurpose complex that will provide FAU student-athletes with world-class training, support, and academic facilities. Located adjacent to FAU Stadium on the north end of campus the new complex will include more than 180,000 square feet of athletics and academic space that will serve not only intercollegiate sports, but will also provide space for major University-wide academic programs.
As the lead development officer, Phillip’s work was instrumental in FAU securing the fundraising drive’s lead gift from the Schmidt Family Foundation. The lead gift to launch the campaign of $16M is the largest in the history of Florida Atlantic University and it exceeded the largest gift to FAU Athletics by 400%. During his time at FAU, Rich also has been instrumental in a $1M gift to name the FAU Stadium field, $1M gift to name the FAU Stadium Tower and a $500K gift to support summer school efforts for FAU student-athletes.
In 2013-14, the Owl Scholarship Fund, Athletics Annual Fund received more than $850,000 in new gifts and commitments shattering previous records and helping to provide tremendous momentum for the future of scholarship gifts impacting FAU Student-Athletes.
Rich arrived in Boca Raton after three years at the University of Central Florida Athletics Association. At UCF, Rich served as the Associate Director for Development and was responsible for the solicitation of leadership annual giving levels, premium seating, and Bright House Networks Stadium suites. He was the liaison for the UCF Athletics’ Golf Tournament generating $50,000+ for the UCF men's and women's golf programs, annually.
Prior to joining the UCF staff, Rich worked in the Executive Office of the Orange Bowl Committee from 1998-2006 working with television, conference, university and government partners to ensure the FedEx Orange Bowl remained at the fore front of post-season college football.
A native of Morristown, New Jersey, Rich graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Sociology.