AUBURN, Ala. — Claflin native Evin Beck has been named the University of Auburn’s associate athletics director for external relations at Auburn. Beck will direct Auburn’s external units including communications, marketing, ticketing and the program’s creative content unit.
Beck is the brother of Erin Beck, Great Bend’s head varsity football coach.
“I am thrilled to be joining the Auburn University family,” Beck said. “I am truly grateful to Allen Greene for this opportunity. Having spent the last eight years in the Southeastern Conference, I am familiar with the pride and enthusiasm that exists at Auburn. I can’t wait to collaborate with all of our external units to continue to grow the Auburn brand. War Eagle!”
Auburn’s athletic director Allen Greene said Auburn President’s Leath’s principles are to inspire, innovate and transform.
“Evin will lead a passionate team of athletic administrators who are ready to deliver on our obligation to raise the profile of our dynamic university through the unprecedented success of our student-athletes,” Greene said.
A native of Claflin, Beck earned his undergraduate degree from Washburn University where he played football. He earned his master degree in sports administration from Wichita State University. He worked in ticket operations at Wichita State as as a graduate assistant.
Beck and his wife, Kayla, are parents to a son Maddox, and twin daughters Elsa and Emmy.
“Evin brings a wealth of knowledge to The Plains,” Greene said. “He is incredibly intelligent, strategic, collaborative, even-keeled and has often been referred to as a ‘work horse.’ Simply put, I’m humbled to lure someone of Evin’s caliber to Auburn. I look forward to incorporating his expertise as we continue to share the depth and breadth of all things Auburn.”
Beck served his previous eight years in development and fundraising at Georgia and Mississipi, Beck worked as Georgia’s assistant athletics director for development since August 2015. He worked with the Georgia Bulldog Club assisting with all facets of fundraising.
Beck played an integral role in the planning and launch of the Magill Society — the philanthropic giving arm of Georgia Athletics. The Magill Society has raised more than $73 million for athletic facility projects since 2015. The $30.2 million Indoor Athletics Facility was dedicated in February of 2017 and was completely funded through the support of Magill Society members. Georgia has raised more than $192 million the past three years.
Prior to joining the University of Georgia, Beck spent over five years at the University of Mississippi with the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation. At Ole Miss he helped the Foundation achieve five consecutive record fundraising years. Total cash giving grew from $17 million in 2010 to over $35 million in 2015. He assisted with the planning, launch and execution of Forward Together -- a $150 million capital campaign that brought a new basketball arena to Ole Miss, among other facility improvements. Beck spent his first two years at Ole Miss as a member of the annual giving team, and his final three years as Director of Development for Major Gifts.
Beck spent two years at Duke University prior to his work at Ole Miss. At Duke, he worked with the Iron Dukes annual fund for two years. After working as an Iron Dukes intern, he was named assistant director of the Iron Dukes. He assisted in a record-breaking $12.6 million fundraising year for the Iron Dukes.