CHICAGO – University of Chicago Director of Athletics Erin McDermott announced on Wednesday that Katie Britton has been hired as Assistant Athletic Director for Development.
Britton will lead efforts in athletic fundraising goals, strategies and priorities while developing a major gifts program within Athletics & Recreation. With a dual role as an Associate Director in Alumni Relations & Development, Britton will be responsible for growing annual giving to the "Friends of Maroon Athletics" giving society and soliciting major gifts for athletics.
"We are thrilled to welcome Katie to our team and the Maroon community," McDermott said. "Katie's experiences as a student-athlete, coach and within development make her ideal for this role. We are committed to continuous enrichment and enhancement of the student-athlete experience and the work that Katie will be doing to secure resources in aiding that effort is critical. She will be an integral member of the athletics leadership team and of development's major gifts team."
Britton comes to UChicago from her alma mater, Valparaiso University. She initially started as Assistant Director of Annual Giving in early 2015, and then became Assistant Director of the Crusader Fund in 2016. Prior to Valparaiso, Britton held the Alumni Engagement Officer position at Lakeland University in 2014-15. She also spent two seasons as Assistant Men's and Women's Volleyball Coach for Lakeland.
Outside of her development work, Britton has remained active in the volleyball community. She has coached for the 18U Enigma Boy's Club Volleyball team, the boys' volleyball team at Chesterton High School and the Wisconsin Volleyball Academy.
"I want to thank Erin McDermott, Marla Layton, and the rest of the University of Chicago staff for this opportunity," said Britton. "I look forward to continuing the collaboration between athletics and development to provide excellent educational and athletic experiences for our student-athletes."
As an undergraduate, Britton was a four-year letterwinner for the Crusaders volleyball team. She led the team in kills per set as a junior and senior, and was named to the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll. Britton graduated from Valparaiso with her bachelor's degree in psychology. She then went on to earn her master's degree in counseling, with an emphasis in higher education, at Lakeland.