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Kalina tabbed as Senior Associate AD

Seventeen-year administrator comes directly from Gonzaga University

February 22, 2012


Kalina tabbed as Senior Associate AD

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton University has hired 17-year veteran Dennis Kalina as its Senior Associate Athletics Director, the University announced today. Director of Athletics Patrick Elliott made the appointment, his first since taking over the AD reins in November. Kalina, who will report to campus in early April, comes directly from Gonzaga University in Spokane, where he served as associate athletics director for external operations.

At Binghamton, Kalina will oversee external operations and serve on the department’s senior management team. A proven administrator and fundraiser who also worked at Bradley University, Northwestern State University and Indiana University, Kalina will spearhead the department’s fundraising, marketing and ticketing campaigns.

“Dennis is an innovative administrator who has been a leader at the national level,” Elliott said. “His breadth of experience in Division I athletics and demonstrated success in external operations will help us move Binghamton athletics forward.  He has played a key role in building championship- caliber programs throughout his career and is a true professional in every sense.”

Kalina, a native of Portage, Ind., worked extensively with the nationally-prominent men’s and women’s basketball programs at Gonzaga for six years and before that was a key contributor as associate AD at Bradley in Peoria, Ill.

“I am extremely grateful to Pat Elliott and the entire search committee for giving me the opportunity to fulfill this important role,” Kalina said. “When I visited campus I was impressed by the passion exuded by everyone for Bearcats athletics. I look forward to building on that passion and working with an outstanding group of coaches, administrative staff, student-athletes and supporters. Our family is excited to settle into and become a part of the Binghamton community.”

At Gonzaga, Kalina managed the comprehensive external operations that included major gifts, the annual fund, basketball ticketing, marketing and promotions, communications, video services and website. He solicited gifts for capital projects and scholarship initiatives and as a member of the senior staff, was instrumental in the development of the department’s 5-year Strategic Business Plan. Kalina also had oversight of special development projects and events for the athletic department.

Gonzaga’s men’s basketball program has gained attention in recent years, having made 13 straight NCAA appearances. The women’s team has won eight straight regular season conference titles and both teams have been in the AP Top 25 poll this season. Kalina has tailored the department’s external messaging to capitalize on the basketball success with record-setting attendance, donations, e-commerce and other revenue streams. Under Kalina’s direction, the annual fund (Bulldog Club) generated $1.7 million in revenue in 2010-11.

Prior to his six-year stint at Gonzaga, Kalina spent eight years working at Bradley University, which like Gonzaga, is a non-football school whose structure and focus is similar to that at Binghamton. Among his major accomplishments at Bradley were substantial revenue increases in the annual fund, corporate sponsorships and special events.

Kalina’s early years were spent at Indiana (3 yrs.) and Northwestern State (1 ½ yrs.), where he honed his skills in marketing, corporate sales and promotions.

He holds memberships in the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA), College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and the International Collegiate Licensing Association (ICLA). Kalina served as president of the 1,000-plus member NACMA in 2008-09 and has been a presenter at seven different annual NACMA conventions.

A former Division I track athlete, Kalina earned his bachelor’s degree in sports marketing and management at Indiana in 1995. He stayed in Bloomington and received his master’s degree in athletic administration one year later.   

Dennis and his wife, Dina, have two children: daughter Addison Shelby and son Canyon Marek. 

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