University of North Texas VP/AD Wren Baker

UNT Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker joined the Higher Ed Athletics podcast to discuss the 20-year Light the Tower athletic facilities master plan for the Mean Green and to share lessons learned from his career experiences. Baker become an administrator at the age of 26 as both a principal and athletic director for Valliant Public Schools in Oklahoma. He went on to lead an upstart athletic department at then-NAIA institution Rogers State before moving on to be an athletic director at NCAA D2 power house Northwest Missouri State. Wren then held senior-level administrator positions at both Memphis and Missouri before arriving at North Texas. Baker is known for his ability to fundraise and the authenticity in this interview will help the audience understand why.

0:18 UNT Institutional Profile
3:07 Athletic Department Profile
4:55 Light the Tower Athletic Facilities Master Plan
8:15 Custom Domains for Important Projects
10:08 Early Career Background
12:38 Lessons Learned as Becoming Administrator at Age 26
17:13 1st Ever AD at Rogers State
20:43 Does the Division Matter for Job Prospects?
24:25 Location Priorities for Career Decisions
28:25 Hiring & Evaluating Coaches
34:15 Becoming a Good Fundraiser
39:55 Corporate Sponsorship Patches on Uniforms

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