Ben Murray has worked in the MAC since 2010, when he joined the staff as a major gifts officer before becoming an assistant and then associate athletic director working with major gifts and capital campaigns. As executive director, Murray now will oversee all aspects of fundraising for WVU’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and become the department’s lead fundraiser.
Previously in the MAC, he was responsible for the major gift operation, which included scholarship endowments, capital projects, premium seating and The Jerry West Planned Giving Society. Murray also supervised all major gift officers for athletics and served as the liaison with the WVU Foundation.
The MAC has raised $91.4 million since 2013 for the betterment of WVU’s student-athletes. Murray has worked and assisted on major gifts that have supported and renovated a number of athletic facilities, including WVU’s football team room, football practice facility, various team meeting and locker rooms, academic centers, suite renovations and weight rooms. He also has restructured the athletic scholarship endowment program, leading to enhanced participation resulting in a $4 million increase in the last two years.
From August 2010 to April 2012, Murray secured more than 120 major gifts, while fundraising for the Mountaineers in the states of Oklahoma, Texas, North Carolina, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. He was an integral member of WVU’s fundraising team that recorded a combined $44.2 million from 2011 to 2012. In those two years, Murray secured 16 major gifts of $25,000 or more for WVU athletics, while assisting in the design and implementation of the MAC’s Priority Points Program.
Prior to WVU, Murray worked at Old Dominion (2006-10), UNLV (2005-06) and James Madison (2004). At Old Dominion, he assisted in the effort to increase Monarch fundraising by 28 percent. With UNLV, Murray managed donor travel with athletic teams and helped with a 10 percent fundraising increase for the Rebels. At James Madison, he led the Duke Club efforts in the Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia regions.
Murray earned a bachelor’s degree in education and sport management from the University of Kansas in 2001, and a master’s degree in education and sports administration from Kansas in 2003. An Elkhart, Kansas, native, Murray resides in Morgantown with his wife, Angela, and their three children – Mia, Libby and Sadie.