Brian Faison is in his sixth year as athletics director at the University of North Dakota. Faison assumed his duties at UND in May of 2008.
During his tenure UND has successfully completed the five-year reclassification process to Division I. Alumni and fan support have continued to grow: Champions Club and endowment giving have enjoyed seven straight record years, $16.5 million in funding has been secured for Phase I of the UND Athletics High Performance Center with groundbreaking set for this fall; and last season men’s hockey finished first and women’s hockey fourth nationally in home attendance.
Media coverage has continued to grow with multi-year, multi-sport broadcast agreements with Midco Sports Network for television and Clear Channel for radio, with continuing expansion of social media.
In the classroom, student-athletes have continued to excel: this past year a record number of student-athletes were named to the Athletics Director’s Honor Roll for the fall and spring semesters; a school-record 186 earned academic all-conference honors; six received academic all-district honors; three student-athletes were named Academic All-Americans; two received prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships (the program’s 35th and 36th recipients); and, volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s basketball, women’s golf, and men’s and women’s track and field all were recognized nationally for their academic performance.
Competition for UND last year resulted in three teams advancing to post-season play, five All-Americans and 120 student-athletes earning athletic conference, national or all-conference team honors.
Faison helped secure membership in the Big Sky Conference (BSC) for 14 of UND sports and landed men’s swimming and diving and baseball in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) joining women’s swimming and diving. He also played a leadership role in the formation of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) joining Colorado College, Denver, Miami, Minnesota Duluth, St.Cloud State, Western Michigan and Nebraska Omaha.
With over 30 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics, Faison has served on several conference, regional and national sports committees. He currently chairs the NCHC Board of Directors, is a member of the BSC Eligibility and Administration committees, and serves on the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee.
Prior to joining UND he served as special assistant to the president (2004-08) and director of athletics at New Mexico State University (1999-04). Before that, he was national director of development for the National Children’s Cancer Society (1995-99). Faison has also served as the director of athletics at Indiana State University (1988-95), assistant athletics director for development at the University of Louisville (1984-88) and assistant athletics director for promotions and fund raising at Illinois State University (1979-84). He also had stints as the assistant manager for athletic public relations (1978-79) and assistant director for alumni activities (1974-78) at the University of Missouri.
Faison received his bachelor’s degree in 1972 from the University of Missouri and is a 1997 graduate of the National Planned Giving Institute.
Faison and his wife, Donna, have three sons: Jonathan, Matthew and Bradley, and a grandson, Harrison.