Brian Faison is in his ninth 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 nine straight record years; $18.8 million in private funding was secured for the first phase of the UND Athletics High Performance Center, which opened in Fall 2015; and last year men’s ice hockey led the nation in attendance and women’s hockey ranked third.
Media coverage has continued to grow with multi-year, multi-sport broadcast agreements with Midco Sports Network and Fox College Sports for television, iHeart Media and Midwest Radio Fargo-Moorhead for radio, and continuing expansion of all social media platforms.
In the classroom, student-athletes continued to excel. This past year, nearly 75% of UND’s student-athletes were named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for the Fall and Spring semesters; more than 200 earned academic all-conference honors; three received CoSIDA Academic All-District honors; three student-athletes were named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans; three received NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships; and, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis, and men’s and women’s track and field all were recognized nationally for their academic performance.
A record 9,513 hours of community service were provided to the community by our student-athletes in 2015-16.
Competition for UND last year resulted in three teams advancing to post-season play: women’s basketball to the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI), men’s basketball advancing to the College Insider.com Tournament (CIT), and men’s ice hockey to its 14th straight NCAA tournament and 22nd Frozen Four appearance, winning its eighth national championship. UND had five student-athletes selected as All-Americans: one in football and four in men’s ice hockey.
Faison has helped secure membership in the Big Sky Conference (BSC) for 14 UND teams and landed men’s and women’s swimming & diving in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). He also played a leadership role in the formation of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) partnering with Colorado College, Denver, Miami, Minnesota Duluth, St. Cloud State, Western Michigan and Nebraska Omaha.
With over 34 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics, Faison has served on several conference, regional and national sports committees. Most recently he chaired the NCHC Board of Directors for two years and chaired the BSC Joint Council. Faison currently serves on the BSC Administration Committee, and the NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Committee. the latter of which he has also served as chair.
Prior to joining UND Faison served as special assistant to the president (2004-08) and director of athletics (1999-04) at New Mexico State University. Before that, he was national director of development for the National Children’s Cancer Society (1995-99). Faison also served as 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 assistant manager for athletics public relations (1978-79) and assistant director for alumni activities (1974-78) at the University of Missouri.
Faison is a 1972 graduate of the University of Missouri. He and his wife Donna have three sons: Jonathan, Matthew and Bradley, and a grandson Harrison.