Rutgers Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Julie Hermann announced in December of 2013 the hiring of Sarah Baumgartner as Senior Associate Athletic Director, Development, and Chief Development Officer. In her role, Baumgartner serves as the sport administrator for Rutgers’ men's and women's basketball programs and as the head of the Rutgers Athletics fundraising arm. She also serves on the executive committee for the National Association of Athletic Development Directors.
Prior to Rutgers, Baumgartner spent seven years with Missouri Athletics in development, most recently as the Tigers’ Associate Athletic Director for Development and men’s basketball supervisor. During Baumgartner's time at Missouri, the Tigers enjoyed unparalleled competitive success both athletically and in the growth of donor contributions.
At Missouri, Baumgartner oversaw a 15-member staff that has raised $84 million towards Mizzou's “Going for Gold” campaign. During her tenure, Missouri saw an annual fund that increased 60 percent in donor membership and 40 percent in annual fund gift growth from 2008 to 2013.
Baumgartner successfully led her fundraising team and sport programs through Missouri's transition from the Big 12 Conference to the SEC, which saw record highs for donor membership and dollars raised at Mizzou.
Baumgartner was a four-year letterwinner in softball at Illinois. She was named an All-Big Ten Tournament performer and a Big Ten sportsmanship award winner. In 2004, she graduated from the College of Business with her bachelor’s in business administration. Baumgartner earned a master's degree in sports administration from Illinois in 2005.
Baumgartner is a native of Wheaton, Ill.
Rutgers Athletics: Why did you choose Rutgers?
Sarah Baumgartner: “This is a first-class academic institution that provides an incredible opportunity for young people to thrive and grow into impactful citizens after they earn their degree. I am inspired by the leadership and talents of [Director of Intercollegiate Athletics] Julie Hermann. There is no better time to be a part of the Rutgers family than now as we enter the Big Ten Conference; my opportunities for growth and to make a large impact on this great institution were huge reasons for my decision to become a part of Rutgers University.”
RA: What does joining the Big Ten Conference mean to Rutgers?
SB: “The Big Ten is nationally recognized as one of the best athletic and academic conference in America. Rutgers not only fits the brand of the Big Ten, but it enhances it. We are not only here to be a member of the Big Ten, but to compete for championships in the classroom and on the field. “
RA: What was your experience like as a student-athlete in the Big Ten?
SB: “It was an opportunity of a lifetime to earn both my undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois as a member of the Big Ten. It was an honor to compete as a student-athlete in this conference – it impacted my life in the most positive ways imaginable. “
RA: How do you hope to make a positive impact on Rutgers?
SB: “I am so passionate to have the opportunity to work in the sports industry – specifically in collegiate athletics. My passion is fueled by developing incredible relationships filled with energy, respect and friendship with alumni and fans that are willing to devote themselves to bettering the lives of our student-athletes. My experiences as a student athlete were a product of what donors afforded to me through scholarship and competition. My hope is to pay it forward and share my passion with others to help them make a difference.”