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Syracuse University AD Wildhack adds Fuller, Jones Kolod to senior leadership staff

By Eric Reinhardt


SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse University athletics director John Wildhack has announced two new members of the department’s senior leadership staff.

Chris Fuller will join the department as deputy athletics director for external operations, Syracuse said in a news release. Fuller’s responsibilities will include oversight for marketing, athletics ticket sales, communications, and the Orange Club — the athletics department’s main fundraising arm. 

In addition, Kristen Jones Kolod will become the department’s deputy athletics director and CFO. Jones Kolod moves to the athletics department from Syracuse’s division of student affairs. 

About Fuller

Fuller comes to Syracuse University from the University of Tennessee (UT), where he has worked for the past 12 years in leadership roles in sales and marketing and external operations.

Since 2009, he has been the senior associate athletics director for external operations, responsible for all external operations of UT Athletics, including the Tennessee Fund office, sales and marketing, ticket operations, and broadcasting. 

Under Fuller’s leadership, the Tennessee Fund launched its $163 million “Campaign for Comprehensive Excellence” in 2013, according to the release.

The campaign resulted in facility enhancements including Tennessee’s Pat Summitt Plaza, the Joan Cronan Volleyball Center, and the Ray & Lucy Hand Digital Studio.

“Chris is recognized as one of the brightest and most creative leaders in intercollegiate athletics,” Wildhack said in the Syracuse release. “He will lead our external operations to further enhance our marketing efforts, engagement with donors in all respects and identify opportunities to grow our relationships and revenue.”

About Jones Kolod

Since 2008, Jones Kolod has served as the executive director of budget and administrative operations for Syracuse University’s division of student affairs. Prior to that, she was director of budget and operations for the division.

In her new role, Jones Kolod will have oversight for all aspects of the athletics department’s financial operation.

She’ll have oversight on the budget, long-term financial planning, and will be “working in partnership with appropriate groups to identify incremental” revenue opportunities and monitor expenses. 

Jones Kolod will also be the athletics department’s “direct liaison” with the university’s budget office, Syracuse said.

Jones Kolod brings a “wealth of expertise” to the department, Wildhack said. 

“Her positions in the Syracuse University Division of Student Affairs budget and operations office will be an asset,” he said. “Kristen’s background at the university, coupled with her exceptional financial acumen, make her a perfect addition to our team.”

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