Scott Dolson was appointed Deputy Director of Athletics in 2009 after spending seven years as the director of the IU Varsity Club. He oversees all internal and external operations within the department including marketing, media relations, ticketing, game management, broadcast services, strategic partnerships and fundraising. Dolson also supervises several other key areas, including facilities and business operations, academics, compliance and is the sport administrator for Men's Basketball.
Under Dolson's stewardship, IU Athletics renegotiated a new 10-year multimedia rights agreement with Learfield Sports, and dramatically increased student and general attendance at both football and men's basketball games. New football attendance records were set in 2010 and IU led the Big Ten in increased football attendance in 2012. In men's basketball, IU Athletics has sold more student-season tickets (12,400) than any other program in the country and overall attendance ranked sixth nationally in 2013-14.
Since 2008, Dolson has also ushered in an era of expansion with the construction of new state-of-the-art IU Athletics facilities, including the transformation of Memorial Stadium into a horseshoe layout; a 25,000-square foot strength and conditioning center (Jay and Nancy Wikinson Performance Center); a 25,800-square foot academic center (D. Ames Shuel Academic Center); the Henke Hall of Champions, a banquet and entertaining space celebrating achievements in IU Athletics; a new basketball practice facility with museum space to celebrate the tradition of Indiana Basketball (Cook Hall and the Pfau-Shine Legacy Court); and new baseball (Bart Kaufman Field) and softball (Andy Mohr Field) stadiums highlighted with indoor hitting cages, locker rooms, suites and clubhouses. Dolson is also leading efforts to renovate the Simon Skojdt Assembly Hall, home of Indiana Basketball, with completion expected in the Fall of 2016.
In addition to his role as Deputy Director of Athletics, Dolson has maintained his leadership as the fourth director of the Varsity Club managing the athletic department's overall fundraising program for scholarships, annual giving, endowments and athletic facilities. Dolson led the department's first comprehensive athletics capital campaign. The five-year, "For the Glory of Old IU" campaign, which was completed in 2011, raised $93 million against an $80 million development goal. He also helped secure the two largest gifts in the history of IU Athletics, a $40 million gift from Cindy Simon Skjodt and a $15 million gift from Bill and Gayle Cook. Under his leadership, the IU Varsity Club has set new giving records, most recently $16.1 million in 2013-14 which represents the second highest fundraising year in its history. Dolson was also instrumental in securing two $10 million gifts from Larry and Lucie Glaubinger in support of the Glaubinger Athletic Endowment Fund.
The Michigan City, Indiana, native graduated from IU with a bachelor's degree in Management from the School of Public & Environmental Affairs. While doing his undergraduate work at IU, Dolson was a student manager for the IU Basketball program for four seasons, serving as the program's head manager in 1988. Following graduation in 1988, he worked for Tim Knight Enterprises before joining the joining the Varsity Club staff in December of 1989.
Dolson and his wife, Heidi, who works as a Special Events Manager at the IU Alumni Association, have five children: Luke, Sam and Zach Wisen, and Kristen and Nick Dolson.
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