Mike Bobinski is named Xavier's new head of development

Athletic director known for advancing University's athletic programs will now lead University's fund-raising efforts | April 28, 2004

Xavier University announced today, Wednesday, April 28, that Mike Bobinski, who has significantly raised the University's public profile by leading its department of athletics for the last six years, has accepted the top job in its office of development.

The appointment is effective June 15. A search for a new director for athletics begins immediately.

“I'm very excited about being exposed to interests of the University beyond athletics," Bobinski said. "I believe in the value of what Xavier does for young people in so many ways, whether it’s through service learning, business internships or community outreach. I’ve seen firsthand how Xavier impacts students in a very meaningful way.”

As the new associate vice president for development, Bobinski will oversee all fund-raising efforts including planned giving, annual giving, major gifts, capital campaigns, grant services and internal operations.

He replaces Jim Jackson, who is working reduced hours because of health issues.

"I am very pleased to announce that after nearly six years leading Xavier University’s athletic programs, Mike Bobinski, associate vice president and athletic director, will expand his impact on the entire University by moving to University Relations as associate vice president for development," said Gary Massa, vice president for University Relations, which oversees development. "Mike will provide leadership to all aspects of the development office."

In making the appointment, University President Michael J. Graham, S.J., praised Bobinski.

“We are grateful and excited that Mike is willing to accept this new opportunity on behalf of the University’s fund-raising and development efforts," Graham said. "His influence will now extend far beyond athletics into the academic, service and spiritual aspects of Xavier.”

Under Bobinski’s leadership, Xavier's athletic teams won nine Atlantic 10 Championships and participated in 19 NCAA Tournaments. He hired Thad Matta as the men’s basketball coach in 2001 and extended his contract with the University through 2013. He also hired women’s basketball coach Kevin McGuff and oversaw the opening of the Cintas Center as well as the replacing of the surface at Xavier soccer complex with FieldTurf.

Bobinski says he's a non-traditional athletic director who came to intercollegiate athletics 20 years ago from the business world, not the playing field or coaching arena. Before coming to Xavier in 1998, he was the athletic director at the University of Akron, and prior to that, he was the associate director of athletics at the U.S. Naval Academy. There he oversaw all business operations, capital projects, fund raising and daily operations of the football and basketball programs.

Before moving to the Naval academy, Bobinski, 46, was the associate and assistant business manager at the University of Notre Dame from 1984 to 1989. A native of Yaphank on Long Island, N.Y., Bobinski received his bachelor of business administration from Notre Dame in 1979, graduating magna cum laude.

As a licensed certified public accountant, he first went into accounting with Arthur Young & Company and Deloitte, Haskins and Sells. He also worked for the Walt Disney Company in Orlando before moving into college athletics.

Bobinski and his wife, Sil, have two children, Melissa, 16, and Brian, 15. They live in Mason, Ohio.