Senior Director of Development for Athletics
Thad Dohrn joined the DePaul athletics department as the Director of Development for Athletics in April 2004 and was promoted to Senior Director in 2007. He coordinates all athletic development efforts, including major gifts and annual giving. Among his duties are spearheading the D Club and Champions Club, implementing various alumni and departmental events and providing administration for the sports specific giving groups.
In the past eight years, DePaul has raised more than half of all gifts in school's athletic giving history.
Since 2004, Athletic Development has closed 61 major gifts of $25,000 and above in the last eight years, including two gifts of a million dollars or more and 13 gifts of more than $100,000.
In the school's history prior to 2004, Athletics had received 34 gifts of $25,000 or more and 10 gifts of more than $100,000. In the last eight years, DePaul Athletics has endowed 25 new funds or scholarships.
In his first three years at DePaul, Dohrn helped close the Sullivan-McGrath Campaign which made significant enhancements to Blue Demon Athletics. Improvements include the completion of: Cacciatore Stadium - Phase I, The Joni Phillips Men's Basketball Locker Room Renovation and The Cherry Family Foundation Indoor Track.
Additional work has been done to focus on the creation and enhancement of endowed scholarships for DePaul athletics. Efforts have yielded more than $250,000 for the Ray Meyer Endowed Scholarship for men's basketball and the naming of seven endowed scholarships for men's and women's basketball.
Dohrn came to DePaul after spending two years in the Columbia University's athletics department as the Associate Director of External Affairs and Communications. In his duties with the Lions, Dohrn managed the Office of Athletic Communications, as well as being responsible for alumni relations and annual giving to athletics. Among his successes were two nationally-covered fundraising events: the 100th Anniversary of Columbia Wrestling Banquet in 2003 and the 2004 Celebration of Women in Athletics Gala.
Prior to moving to New York, Dohrn spent nine years as a member of the athletics staff at Iowa State. In his last five years with the Cyclones, he served as both the Assistant Director of Marketing and as the Letterwinners Club Liaison.
Prior to that, Dohrn worked in the athletics media relations office and assisted in various aspects of the administration, marketing and promotions of Iowa State athletics. Dohrn was instrumental in the growth of membership of the ISU Letterwinners Club and developed the ISU Athletics Hall of Fame.
Along with his duties in Ames, Dohrn served as the softball correspondent for the official Olympic web page at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
As a relief pitcher, Dohrn captained the Cyclone baseball team in both 1994 and 1995. Following his Iowa State experience, he pitched in Austria's Zweite Bundesliga for the Schwechat Blue Bats during the summer of 1995. Dohrn and his wife both completed the 2002 Ironman Wisconsin.
Dohrn holds a pair of degrees from Iowa State, earning a B.A. in journalism and mass communications in 1994 and a M.S. in exercise and sport science, with an emphasis in sports administration in 1997.
A native of Austinville, Iowa, Thad and his wife, Stephanie, a former volleyball player at Iowa State, have a daughter Madison and reside in suburban Schaumburg.