Doug Fillis was hired in August, 2010 as the Associate Athletic Director for Development at Rutgers University. In July, 2012 he was elevated to Senior Associate Athletic Director for Administration. His responsibilities include oversight of fundraising, men’s and women’s basketball, and the all-sports Nike partnership. Prior to joining Rutgers Fillis spent five successful years at the U.S. Military Academy where he oversaw development, major gifts and revenue generation.
Since joining Rutgers, Fillis has re-structured the athletic development office including seven new team members that has athletics on pace to eclipse the $100 million campaign goal. Fillis initiated and led the strategic overhaul of Rutgers Multi-Media Rights and secured a partnership with IMG College that will provide Rutgers Athletics with a minimum of $65 million. Fillis has also been instrumental in securing and negotiating new partnerships. Fillis assisted in securing a $7 million naming rights partnership with High Point Solutions and a $5 million apparel partnership with Nike. He was also able to secure nearly $1 million in new revenue in an agreement with MillerCoors. This deal was the first of its kind at Rutgers University. Fillis also secured partnerships with Gatorade, Audi, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and Johnson & Johnson. Fillis led the negotiation to overhaul the concessions and catering businesses which is conservatively projected to yield a minimum of $10 million in new revenue for Rutgers Athletics in addition to $3.35 million in capital improvements. Fillis was also responsible for several new initiatives including expanded courtside seating, increased suite sales, creating the Block R Party, as well as online renewals for donations.
While at West Point, Fillis helped to grow the annual fund to an all-time record. Fillis was integral in securing major gifts to support football, lacrosse, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s soccer, hockey, baseball, gymnastics and track and field. Fillis was also responsible for corporate partnerships in concert with Army Sports Properties. Fillis secured partnerships with Anheuser Busch, Coca-Cola, The Thayer Hotel, EMCOR, Lockheed Martin, Bank of America and most notably a naming rights deal with Siemens.
Under Fillis’ management football suite revenue increased 300%. Fillis also created and implemented several revenue generating premium areas at Army Basketball, Football and Hockey. Fillis had also been responsible for several special projects including, the relocation of the Corps of Cadets in Michie Stadium and the Select-Your-Seat process, managing the business plan for the Army at Yankee Stadium Series, Army-Navy site selection committee, and collaborating with the Naval Athletic Association on the Army-Navy game sponsorships.
Fillis received a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Studies from Sacred Heart University, a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication from Iona College and a Graduate Certificate in Sports Management Finance and Development from New York University. In 2008, Fillis was honored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation as a “Hero Among Us” recipient.
Fillis become an adjunct instructor at New York University in 2011. He teaches Sport Management to graduate and undergraduate students. Fillis resides in Hoboken, NJ with his wife Jessica, and their dog Rex.