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A-STATE TENNIS Terry Mohajir, Director of Athletics

abroad component added to foster global awareness, which is often cited by employers as a positive attribute they seek. The study abroad program was designed to allow students the ability to make themselves more marketable in the workforce. The summer of 2015 saw Arkansas State student-athletes take part in the first study abroad program offered by any university and their athletics department in the nation. The program goes hand-in-hand with the RWLA’s primary purpose to obtain 100 percent job placement for all its graduating student-athletes. The Red Wolves also saw their academic performance reach an all-time high during record-setting 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 fall semesters, which saw student-athletes achieve the best four ever all-department GPA’s in consecutive years. A-State achieved a 3.083 all-department GPA in the fall of 2016. The 2016 fall semester featured a school-record 216 student-athletes named to the Athletics Director’s Honor Roll, and the Red Wolves’ all-department 3.070 GPA for the entire 2016-17 academic year was their highest ever. The athletics department also posted its best ever department-wide APR score each of the last two years, according to the latest data (2015-16 and 2014-15). Additionally, the Red Wolves’ have made a strong commitment to cost of attendance, appropriating funds for all student-athletes that is in the top 15 percent of all FBS schools. Mohajir’s candid media interviews and engaging public speaking appearances have captivated the Red Wolves fan base, but his actions in a short amount of time have also reflected his vision to take A-State Athletics to new heights. The primary development arm of A-State Athletics, formerly known as the Red Wolf Club, has been renamed the Red Wolves Foundation and a new logo has been introduced as part of a rebranding effort. The changes have been in conjunction with new and exciting initiatives that have been put in place, designed to make a significant impact on donor relations and fundraising opportunities. The positive results are evident with a 300 percent increase in the foundation’s annual fund revenue, while capital facilities fundraising is at an all-time high as well. A-State has also achieved its highest spot ever in the Collegiate Licensing Company’s (CLC) rankings and set school records for both football total season ticket sales and season ticket revenue. Not only that, A-State is ranked 21st among the schools in the Group of 5 conferences in self-generated revenue. The athletics department’s budget has increased from $15.9 million in Mohajir’s first year to $43.1 million (FY 2016), representing an increase of 171 percent. A-State Athletics placed among the top 10 programs in the nation in each of the four most recent Excellence in Management Cup standings, which annually reviews the nation’s athletics departments in regards to maximizing fiscal resources while providing results in the form of championship victo-

ries. The growth of A-State’s brand under Mohajir led to signing a new 10-year agreement in 2016 with Learfield Sports, one of the multimedia industry leaders, which will generate unprecedented revenue in the athletics department’s history. Arkansas State, in the fall of 2016, also entered a new seven-year partnership with adidas that is the most lucrative apparel-based contract in school history and makes it an elite adidas program. Mohajir has made it a point to engage the fan base, stressing the importance of fan experience through avenues such as courtside seating at basketball games, enhancing game-day atmosphere and ensuring that staff go out of their way to extend every fan their assistance. Also among the changes in this area was the installation of a new approximately 1,600 square foot LED Daktronics scoreboard at Centennial Bank Stadium. Facilities have received a number of facelifts since Mohajir’s arrival as well, making sure that the athletic department’s “front door” and other sports areas possess a firstclass appearance. A-State has completed, is in the process of completing and has committed a combined $60 million in construction and facility renovations since Mohajir’s arrival, including stadium lighting and seats at Centennial Bank Stadium, new tennis courts and a new outdoor track. Also included in the upgrades have been renovations and updates inside the A-State Football Facility and with weight rooms, locker rooms and training rooms at both Centennial Bank Stadium and the Convocation Center, where new seating has been installed. The Red Wolves Foundation received a $5 million gift commitment from alumnus Johnny Allison for a renovation to its “Centennial Expansion,” and it is the largest individual donation in A-State Athletics history. The construction and renovation project to the stadium’s press box and westside concourse covered 40,000 square feet and cost $26 million. Additionally, a 78,000-square foot Student Activity Center (SAC), which also serves as an indoor practice facility for A-State sports, has been constructed on the north side of Centennial Bank Stadium. The approximate cost was $11 million for construction of the center and the relocation of the soccer complex. He is currently overseeing the fundraising efforts for an approximately $26-million football facility project in Centennial Bank Stadium’s north end zone as well. Committed to Title IX and gender-equity initiatives, A-State has worked to improve coaching staff sizes and salaries, operation funding and facilities under Mohajir. Among the upgrades, A-State has completed a new women’s soccer and women’s tennis facility, which houses both squads’ locker rooms, training room and more. A new women’s bowling locker room, lounge and pro shop have also been

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