ATHLETICS: The letter below was shared on May 31, 2018:
Dear LMU Community:
With excitement I announce that Craig Pintens will be our next athletic director, effective June 25, 2018. After considering many factors, including feedback from our search committee, coaches, senior leadership, and trustees, I am confident AD Pintens’ bold vision, integrity, and passion for building champions will propel LMU athletics to thrilling new heights. He is an innovative and proven leader who will embolden our student-athletes as we reimagine, together, winning sports programs that catapult our Lions to excellence. AD Pintens will report directly to me, as previously announced, a change that reflects my commitment to lionizing our athletics successes.
AD Pintens is a national award-winning sports administrator with leadership experience at a Jesuit university and at Division I Power Five conference schools. He joins us from the University of Oregon, a Pac-12 Conference institution, where he has served as senior associate athletic director for the past seven years. He oversaw national championship-winning programs and transformed the fan experience, strategic planning processes, athletics operations and promotions, and fundraising. AD Pintens helped guide Oregon’s athletics programs to an extensive record of victories, leading impactful programs and establishing revenue records, while maintaining a purposeful experience for student-athletes. He also initiated an online matching scholarship donation program that generated more than $250,000 in scholarships for first-generation college students.
Prior to his tenure at Oregon, AD Pintens worked in the athletics departments at Louisiana State University and Marquette University. At the latter, he led fundraising initiatives that generated more than $2 million and increased the donor base by 33 percent. At the University of Texas-Pan American, he managed sales, promotions, game-day operations; and he successfully negotiated the university’s first Spanish radio broadcast deal.
AD Pintens is also an accomplished public speaker, appearing at conferences throughout the country. The National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators has honored him with 35 awards in the areas of season ticket campaigns, advertising, ticket sales, new media, video, and corporate sponsorship. A member of the Wisconsin Bar, AD Pintens earned his Juris Doctor from Marquette University School of Law. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing cum laude from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. His personal interests include coaching youth sports, exercising, and reading.
I thank our search committee, led by Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Lynne Scarboro, and the members listed below for conducting a rigorous and comprehensive search that yielded a competitive and outstanding candidate pool. Their professionalism and engagement provided me with valuable insights during my discernment process.
An alumnus of Jesuit education, AD Pintens lives our values and mission. He will collaborate with our athletes, coaches, and staff to uphold the highest standards in academic integrity, health, safety, diversity, and gender equity in athletics. We will enhance our relationships with alumni and fans and will advance our intercollegiate athletics programs to ensure that we compete successfully among the best in the nation.
As we welcome AD Pintens, I also recognize and thank outgoing AD Bill Husak, an exemplar of integrity and professionalism, who has served the university and our student-athletes with distinction for the past 20 years.
Please join me in welcoming the newest member of our executive leadership team, Craig Pintens, to the LMU family.
Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D.
Athletic Director Search Committee
Lynne Scarboro, chair, executive vice president and chief administrative officer
Maria Behm, senior associate athletic director
Lane Bove ’69, M.Ed. ’72, senior vice president for student affairs
Kristen Castellanos ’18, student-athlete, women’s volleyball
Tim Dean ’87, AD Council member
Charity Elliott, head coach, women’s basketball
William Parham, professor, counseling program; chair, educational support services; and past-president, Faculty Senate
KJ Peters, associate professor of English and NCAA faculty athletics representative; and vice president, Faculty Senate
Norma Provencio ’79, trustee
Paul Vu, S.J., assistant dean for student affairs
Rebecca Chandler, vice president for human resources (ex-officio)