Release courtesy of the Ferris State University Athletics Communications Department
Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University
Athletics Director Perk Weisenburger is among
three individuals who have been named to the National Association
of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Executive
NACDA Executive Director Bob Vecchione announced the appointment of Santa Rosa Junior College Director of Athletics Jim Forkum, Pittsburg State Director of Athletics Jim Johnson and Weisenburger to the Executive Committee, effective immediately.
Their terms on the Executive Committee will run through June 2015.
NACDA, now in its 47th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,500 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Additionally, NACDA administers 12 professional associations for the separate business units that report directly to the athletics directors.
Weisenburger took over as the Ferris State Athletics Director in September 2010 and will embark on his second year directing the Bulldog program this fall. He's also an incoming member of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Executive Council this season.
As the Ferris State Athletics Director, Weisenburger is responsible for the operations of the Bulldogs' athletics department, which currently sponsors 15 intercollegiate varsity sports (eight for women and seven for men). Fourteen of the sports participate at the NCAA Division II level in the highly-competitive Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) while men's hockey competes at the NCAA Division I level in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA).
In his first year with the Bulldogs in 2010-11, Ferris State claimed GLIAC Championships in both men's basketball and men's golf. Six student-athletes claimed All-America accolades and seven teams took part in some form of NCAA postseason competition. Among many other important projects, Weisenburger also played an active role in helping establish the Bulldog Athletic Association (BAA), which is the fundraising arm for Ferris State Athletics.
Prior to FSU, he served on the senior staff as the Associate Athletics Director for External Operations at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas since 2005. He’s a 1979 graduate of Central Michigan University.
In his tenure at Nevada, Las Vegas, Weisenburger oversaw the coordination and operation of many external functions such as athletic marketing and promotions, licensing and athletic ticketing. He has also served as the department's liaison to multi-media rights partner International Sports Properties (ISP).
Prior to arriving at UNLV, Weisenburger spent five years (1999-2004) leading the athletics department at Illinois State and previously worked in athletics administration at other NCAA Division I institutions such as Wake Forest, Central Michigan, Washington and Houston. He was the Associate Director of Athletics for External Operations at CMU from 1989-95.
Weisenburger graduated from CMU with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He also earned a master's degree in sports administration from Ohio University (1982). He and his wife, Buffy, who are both Michigan natives, are the parents of two sons, Jack and Joe.
A Mount Pleasant (Mich.) native, Weisenburger attended Central Michigan on a baseball scholarship and was a three-year letterwinner for the Chippewas. He was the captain of CMU’s 1980 MAC Championship team and claimed Academic All-MAC laurels. He later served as a graduate assistant coach in the baseball program at Ohio.
He’s been active in community service throughout his administrative career, including serving as the co-chair of the annual Bloomington (Ill.) OSF St. Joseph Hospital Foundation fundraising gala in 2003 and as a youth baseball coach in the Paseo Verde Little League in Henderson, Nev. He’s also been a board of directors member for the Josh Stevens Foundation, which helps remind children that there is a whole world in need of more acts of kindness.