Ohio State graduate departs after 15 years working for Buckeyes
Patrick Chun is in his 14th year with the Ohio State University Department of Athletics. His tenure has allowed him to assume numerous roles within the department - development, endowment building, strategic planning, management and leadership. In his time with the university, Chun has helped foster the continued growth and success of the most comprehensive Division I athletics program in the country. Ohio State currently has over 1,000 student-athletes, 36 intercollegiate athletic programs, 100 coaches, over 330 full-time athletic department staff in 15 facilities and an operating budget in excess of $126 million.
Chun currently serves as the Executive Associate Athletics Director for External Relations. In this role he provides leadership and oversight for all facets of the 15 areas comprising the external relations division. These areas include: development, ticketing, fan experience and promotions, multi-media rights partnership (IMG College), communications, public relations and branding, creative services, merchandising, website, video, alumni relations, community relations, golf course, Big Ten Network, band and cheerleading. The division encompasses over 90 full-time employees.
In his current role, Chun has overseen a 20 percent increase annually in overall giving to the Ohio State Department of Athletics, totaling $117.8 million in three years. This was accomplished through the completion of fundraising campaigns for approximately $22 million in capital projects, including: $10.5 million basketball practice facility enhancement and renovation; $6.25 million outdoor football fields/beautification project; $3.1 million outdoor tennis facility; $1 million field hockey venue; $1 million turf replacement for baseball stadium. Chun was also a member of the core athletics department senior team that authored and consummated the largest multi-media rights deal in intercollegiate athletics history: a 10-year, $128 million partnership with IMG College in 2009.
The 2010-11 year featured many new heights for the Department of Athletics. The development team eclipsed the $40 million mark in overall fundraising for only the second time in school history. Social media endeavors led to the only intercollegiate athletics program with over 1 million "likes" on Facebook. Merchandising saw an increase of almost 20 percent in overall revenue. The ticket sales team saw a 200 percent increase in overall revenue. Innovation was displayed with the comprehensive overhaul of the men's basketball game atmosphere through reassignment of student seating, improvements in video content, music selection, interactive promotions and overall planning and integration
In 1997, Chun began his intercollegiate athletics career in the Ohio State Athletics Communications office. There he served as assistant director of athletics communications working primarily with the football and baseball programs.
Chun excelled in his position as the Director of the Buckeye Club, where he started his career in development in 2002. He managed the annual fund drive for three years, a period during which it generated over $22 million.
In 2005, Chun was named Director of Development with a focus on major gift fundraising for endowments and capital projects. He took a leadership role in the fundraising and completion of the $21 million football facility renovation and enhancement project. Soon after, Chun was promoted to Assistant Athletics Director for Development. During this time his efforts helped ensure the completion of three key capital projects: a $5.1 million softball stadium project, $3 million boathouse and $3.3 million indoor tennis facility.
In 2008, after six years in development, Chun was elevated by Director of Athletics Gene Smith into the role of Deputy Senior Associate Athletics Director. In this capacity Chun managed and directed the external relations division and had daily oversight of the development office. He was elevated to his current role in 2009.
Chun currently serves on the executive committee for the National Association for Athletics Development Directors (NAADD) and is a board member for the Columbus, Ohio chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. In 2011, Chun was selected for the inaugural class of the Division 1A Athletics Directors Association Fellowship Program.
A native of Strongsville, Ohio and graduate of Holy Name High School, Chun earned a bachelor's degree from Ohio State in 1997 and a master's degree from Duquesne University in 2008. He and his wife, Natalie, also an Ohio State graduate, reside in Westerville, Ohio with their three daughters, Vanna, Kennedy and Gretta.