FAYETTEVILLE — Henderson State Athletic Director Kale Gober has been named Assistant Athletic Director for Development at the University of Arkansas, it was announced by Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long on Friday.
Gober has spent the past three years as the athletic director at Henderson State leading the Reddies’ program to record success on and off the field. Gober, a native of El Dorado, also competed in football at Henderson State prior to entering athletic administration.
Gober began his administrative career at the University of Central Arkansas, where he was mentored under UCA Athletic Director Dr. Brad Teague.
As a member of the athletic department’s senior leadership team, Gober will lead development efforts for the athletic department as well as serve as a member of the University of Arkansas’ Office of Advancement. He will coordinate major gift fund raising efforts with the Razorback Foundation. Gober will also work with the recently launched “Never Yield” fundraising initiative focused on raising support for three new facilities targeted in the Razorback Athletics Facilities Master Plan – the Student-Athlete Success Center, the basketball practice facility and the baseball and track indoor training facility.
“I am extremely honored and excited to be joining a great, tradition-rich program such as the Razorbacks” Gober says. Since 2010, Gober has served as the Director of Athletics at Henderson State Universit., where he provided leadership and strategic direction for the program’s 12 men’s and women’s NCAA Division II sports programs. He was responsible for athletic budget planning and oversight, as well as private fundraising and marketing activities for the department.
In his time at Henderson, Gober restructured the Reddie Club, Henderson’s athletic booster club. Since his arrival, Reddie Club’s donations more than tripled. In correlation with Reddie Club memberships, football season-ticket sales have nearly doubled, and the reserved seating area has more than doubled. Reserved season tickets have also been sold out in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history.
Henderson State also saw growth in marketing and corporate dollars, with the corporate sales sector growing by five times. In 2011, Gober obtained private funding and sponsorships for a state-of-the-art artificial playing surface at Carpenter-Haygood Stadium, which was spearheaded by the second-largest private gift in the department’s history.