Alnutt Named Southeast Director of Athletics

by News Bureau on Thursday, Apr. 19, 2012

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 19, 2012 – Mark Alnutt, senior associate athletics director for administration at the University of Missouri, has been named director of athletics at Southeast Missouri State University.

The announcement was made today during a news conference in the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center at Southeast.

Alnutt participated in an off-campus interview April 12 in St. Louis and was on campus for final interviews today. He was among two finalists for the position following a national search conducted by a search committee including representatives from the Board of Regents, faculty, staff, students and the community.

Alnutt begins his new duties at Southeast on or about May 21. He replaces John Shafer who retired last June. Cindy Gannon has been serving as interim director of athletics since that time.

“Mark brings with him a tremendous breadth of experience and the caliber of credentials to move our program forward and into the future,” said Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University. “All of us are looking forward to having Mark join us at Southeast.”

Alnutt has been serving as senior associate athletics director for administration at the University of Missouri after spending three years as the associate athletics director for administration.

Mike Alden, director of athletics at the University of Missouri, said, “I think Southeast Missouri State University is getting a terrific leader in Mark Alnutt. We will miss him here, but our loss is Southeast’s gain and all of us here are very proud of Mark and all that he has accomplished.”

In his current role, Alnutt serves as the administrative liaison for football; supervises track and field, cross country, gymnastics and golf; spearheads the department’s project management team; serves as the primary point person for the Athletic Department, overseeing all aspects of facility project master planning, development, management and implementation; and is involved with external department operations, including development, game operations, marketing, media relations, Mizzou Sports Properties and ticket operations.

Alnutt also manages postseason travel arrangements for each of the University of Missouri’s 20 intercollegiate sport programs. He oversees Missouri’s Nike contract, the Big Wheels and Flying Tiger programs and the department’s relationship with Old Hawthorne Golf Club. In 2009, he oversaw a $5 million video board project through the University of Missouri Sports Complex with the centerpiece being a new board at Faurot Field. He also oversaw the design and construction of the new Golden Girls/Gymnastics practice faculty completed last fall. He also has been actively involved in the solicitation and stewardship efforts of capital gift giving.

Alnutt spent the previous six years at the University of Missouri as director of football operations, adding an assistant athletic director title prior to the 2005-2006 season. In that role, his duties included coordinating the team’s travel plans, oversight of the football budget, handling compliance issues, scheduling of facilities, assisting with recruiting operations and managing the day-to-day operations of the football program.

He coordinated public relations and community service events for football, and oversaw all organizational aspects for the University of Missouri’s trips to the 2003 and 2005 Independence Bowl games played in Shreveport, La. He also represented the football program as part of the design team that planned the $16 million expansion and renovation project which turned the Tom Taylor Building into the Missouri Athletics Training Complex.

Alnutt was a three-year letterman for the University of Missouri as a linebacker and tight end from 1993-1995 and was voted the team’s champion of the year as a senior. He earned a degree in sociology in 1995 and went to work for Major Brands as a senior salesman in Kansas City from February 1996 to August 1997. He returned to the University of Missouri to pursue a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis on sports psychology. He joined the Missouri football staff in 1998 as an administrative/video graduate assistant. Alnutt completed his master’s degree in May 2000 and took over as director of football operations that August.

A native of Kansas City, Alnutt served as president of the board of directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Boone County and was selected to participate in the 2002-2003 NCAA Leadership Institute for Ethnic Minority Males. In June 2005, he was recognized by Columbia Business Times as one of the Columbia’s 40-Under-40 business leaders for his work in the community.

He has participated in the Division I-A Athletic Director’s Institute, attended the NACDA Mentoring Institute and was appointed to and now chairs the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics committee. In 2010, he was the recipient of an Outstanding Chancellor’s Staff recognition and the Barbara S. Uehling Award for Administrative Excellence at the University of Missouri.

Alnutt and his wife, the former Kate Hankins, are the parents of four children, Jaren, Kinleigh, Mason and Aidan.