July 22, 2014
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Seán Farrell recently accepted the University of San Diego's offer to become its Associate Director of Athletics for Development, it was announced by Ky Snyder, Executive Director of Athletics. Farrell's first official day on the job was Monday, July 7th, and he takes over for Brian Fogarty who recently moved into the newly created position of Associate Director of Athletics for External Affairs.
"We are very excited to have Seán join our team at USD," said Snyder. "He is a proven development professional and fundraiser, and his vast experience will only help us continue to rise as an athletic department."
Seán comes to USD from Father Joe's Villages in San Diego, where he was the Director of Development, Major Gifts. He was responsible for development operations including staffing for the annual fund, planned giving, events, communications, and database management. He was directly responsible for identifying, cultivating and soliciting major gifts and in March 2014, secured a $2 million commitment to name the Franklin Antonio Public Lunch Program which feeds up to 1,000 people daily.
A seasoned development professional, Seán also worked with the University of Notre Dame as the Director of Regional Development for 16 years covering the Western United States. He worked closely with the Athletics Director, officers, deans, faculty members, administrators and staff to promote the University's priorities to potential and current benefactors in the Western United States, helping to secure millions of dollars for a variety of projects.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to work for an outstanding institution with great people," said Farrell. "I look forward to increasing support for the University of San Diego and Torero athletics."
His background also includes nearly three years (2010-2012) working with the Notre Dame Haiti Program, where he coordinated logistics at a field hospital in Leogane Track Club, following the disastrous earthquake in 2010, and worked on implementing a sales, marketing, and distribution strategy for a salt product, used to combat and eliminate the neglected tropical disease, lymphatic filariasis. An avid runner, Seán also started the Leogane Running Club in Haiti for the local children that he affectionately calls his "peeps".
Seán attended USD's Graduate Business School and holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame.