University of Arkansas Senior Associate Athletic Director of Development Chris Wyrick has been named executive director of the Razorback Foundation, according to a statement issued Monday (Sept. 3) by the University of Arkansas.
Wyrick, who has held development officer jobs at South Carolina and Vanderbilt, joined Razorback Athletics in May 2008 and has spent the past four and half years working for the athletic department and with the Razorback Foundation.
In 2010, Wyrick took a leave from his athletic department position to lead the highly successful Razorback Seat Value Plan (R.S.V.P.) as part of the Answer the Call Campaign for the Razorback Foundation. R.S.V.P. resulted in 2,600 new Razorback Foundation members and generated an additional $6.5 million in support of Razorback student-athletes. Following the successful campaign, Wyrick returned to the athletic department as the senior associate athletic director for development.
Wyrick is assuming the leadership position within the Razorback Foundation vacated when Coach Harold Horton retired on July 31, 2012.
“I am honored to be selected to lead the Razorback Foundation at this important time in the history of our program,” Wyrick said. “I am grateful to Jeff Long for giving me the opportunity to come to the University of Arkansas and become a part of this special program. For the past four and half years, I have enjoyed working with the Razorback Foundation Board, Coach Horton and the Razorback Foundation staff as we achieved record levels in annual support and membership.”
In his most recent role with Razorback Athletics, Wyrick lead the capital gifts and major gift fund-raising efforts to support the department's facilities master plan. He also oversaw the Razorback Ticket Office and served as the liaison with Associated Student Government.
Prior to spending a year assisting the Razorback Foundation, Wyrick served as the senior associate athletic director for external affairs, which included oversight for marketing and promotions, collegiate licensing program, media relations, multi-media partners and the athletic department web site. He also worked with the associate athletic director for finance and business in supervision of the Razorback Ticket Office while also serving as the sport administrator for men's basketball and men's and women's golf.
A native of Greensboro, N.C., Wyrick joined Arkansas after two years at South Carolina where he was associate athletics director for development. Prior to USC, he spent six years at Vanderbilt as an administrator.
A 1992 graduate of North Carolina State with a degree in political science, Wyrick and his wife Merrily have two daughters, Caroline and Caitlin.