Steve Gearhart serves as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for
External Affairs at the University of Northern Iowa. Gearhart joined the
UNI athletics staff November 2001 as an Assistant Athletics Director of
Development. Gearhart was promoted to Senior Associate A.D. in December
Gearhart's duties include major gift fundraising and
working closely with the University Foundation on securing financial
support to enhance UNI athletics. With two years remaining in the
'Imagine the Impact' campaign, UNI athletics has exceeded its
fundraising target by nearly 50 percent.
He played a key
role in the multi-faceted UNI Student's First campaign that included the
completion of the $26 million McLeod Center, $7 million Richard O.
Jacobson Human Performance Complex and the new football locker room.
Gearhart also helped secure the naming gift for the Mark Messersmith
Outdoor Track & Field Complex.
Prior to coming to UNI,
he served as an Assistant Athletic Director for Development at the
University of Idaho from May 2000-November 2001. He provided leadership
and supervision of four southern Idaho chapters of the Vandal
Scholarship Fund (VSF) Board of Directors. He was also responsible for
VSF special events including golf outings and alumni functions in
Gearhart served in the Drake University
athletic department 11 years prior to his work at Idaho. Gearhart was
the Bulldogs Director of Athletic Development from November 1998-May
2000, after working in their athletic ticket office for nine years (June
He earned his master's in Sport
Administration from Kent State University in 1989. While at Kent State
he served as the Golden Flashes' assistant to the Athletic Business
Gearhart is a former UNI student-athlete that
competed for the Panthers from 1982-1987 on the cross country and track
squads. He earned his bachelor of arts degree from UNI in Public
Relations in 1987. While at UNI he also minored in business and
He and his wife, Shelly, reside in Cedar Falls and have two children - Allie (17) and Seb (12).