June 21, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Former University of Missouri football letterwinner T.J. Leon has been promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Development, as announced today by the Department of Athletics.
Finishing his sixth year with the Tiger Scholarship Fund, Leon has been instrumental in securing important financial gifts, including a recent $6.4 million commitment. That pledge, as well as others secured by Leon, are key reasons why Athletics' current fundraising initiative - "Going for Gold, A Vision for Excellence" - is out to a very successful start.
Leon is assisting in the direction of a major facility improvement plan for Athletics, the current phase of which will benefit the sports of football, baseball, tennis, golf and softball. He is coordinating premium seating solicitations and sales associated with the luxury seating renovation and expansion on the west side at Memorial Stadium, as well as the east side expansion due to open in time for the 2014 football season. Leon is also coordinating the design and development of all campaign promotional materials, and the communication plan.
"From his time as a student-athlete to his current role today, T.J. has been incredibly loyal and committed to Mizzou's success on and off the field," said Associate Athletic Director for Development Sarah Baumgartner. "T.J. has been instrumental in the planning and execution of our Going for Gold drive, and his thoughtful and strategic approach are critical to our team's continued success. I am thrilled for T.J., he has earned this promotion. I can't wait to see him thrive in this expanded leadership role!"
Leon's primary responsibilities within the TSF include major giving associated with endowments and capital campaigns. Serving on the Relationship Management Committee, he is also charged with the oversight of donor portfolio management concerning the evaluation, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gift prospects.
Leon, a native of Norman, Okla., was a three-year letterwinner for the Tiger football team, and was named to the Academic All-Big 12 team and to the Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2001 and 2002. He received the team's Most Inspirational Player award as a senior in 2002 and served for two years on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He received his undergraduate degree from Mizzou in 2003, and later earned a master's from Oklahoma in 2005.