Summers is CBU’s seventh Director of Athletics, starting June 30, 2014.
Summers comes to CBU after a distinguished 13-year career at Lewis University, a fellow NCAA D-II Lasallian school in Romeoville, Ill.
Since December 2010, Summers has been Associate Director of Athletics – Director of External Relations, and he served from 2005-2010 as Assistant Director of Athletics – Marketing/Promotions Coordinator.
In those roles at Lewis, Summers supervises 10 of the school’s 18 sports, oversees all athletics fundraising and directs the department’s marketing and promotions efforts.
He started the school’s first corporate sponsorship program, which has generated more than a half-million dollars since its inception, and he expanded the school’s Varsity Club tenfold.
Summers also helped build community support for the athletics department. He developed student fan reward programs and marketing and promotions programs that led to an 8.5 percent increase in game attendance, and he was the primary game management supervisor.
A strong supporter of the NCAA Division II Community Engagement goal, he created a nationally-recognized community engagement program, “Spread Your Wings.” In that program, Lewis’ teams compete for points in a variety of ways including academic success, attendance at campus events and community service. In all, the initiative helps generate more than 3,000 community service hours annually.
Summers earned his Bachelor’s degree in English in 2000 at North Central College, where he also played baseball and golf. He earned his Master of Business Administration, with an emphasis in finance at Lewis in 2005.
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