UGA senior athletic administrator leaving to lead LSU athletic fundraising
Georgia is losing one of its top senior athletic administrators to another SEC school.
Matt Borman, who has served as executive director of the Bulldog Club since February of 2017, accepted a job to be president/CEO executive director of LSU's Tiger Athletic Foundation, he told the Athens Banner-Herald Friday morning.
“It’s just an opportunity for me that I just couldn’t pass up,” said Borman, who is UGA’s deputy athletic director of development. “My family and I have had the best four-plus years of our lives in Athens but this is an opportunity to further my career at an awesome institution and they just gave me an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.”
Borman will replace Rick Perry, who is retiring after holding the job since 2014 and has been with the TAF since its inception in 1987. TAF’s has more than 30 staff members, according to its website.
“Matt has been a tremendous asset to our athletic program over these last four years,” UGA athletic director Josh Brooks said in a statement Friday evening. “He has made extensive and meaningful contributions to our overall Bulldog Club and development office in many areas of importance. Matt has provided leadership in several initiatives during his time at UGA which has contributed to record-setting fund raising opportunities. We will miss him but wish him and his family all the best.”
A spokeperson for the TAF, Chrislyn Maher, confirmed the hire Friday afternoon: "The Tiger Athletic Foundation executive committee issued an offer to CEO candidate Matt Borman that was accepted late yesterday. We are delighted that Matt will be joining the TAF and Tiger family."
At UGA, Borman’s annual salary was about $237,000.
Since arriving at UGA in February of 2017 to oversee athletic fundraising, Borman and his staff have seen the Magill Society for high-end Bulldog donors grow from 475 members to nearly 1,400 and signed pledges from $36 million to more than $160 million.
That level of giving has been behind the major football facility expansions from the $30 million indoor prfacility, to the $60 million Sanford Stadium west end zone project to the $80 million Butts-Mehre expansion that will include a new operations center opening soon.
“I’m proud of the culture we’ve created in the Bulldog Club and the help we’ve been able to provide Kirby (Smart) and his staff create one of the best football programs in the country,” Borman said. “I have no doubt a national championship is coming for Georgia and I’ll feel proud along with our staff that we’ve played a role in that.”
If the Hartman Fund for football season ticket holders is included, the Bulldog Club has raised for more than $250 million in Borman’s time at Georgia.
Borman will stay on at Georgia until sometime in May. His new job at LSU starts June 7. Before Georgia, he led the Mountaineer Athletic Club at West Virginia.
Glenn Guilbeau of USA TODAY Network Louisiana contributed to this report.