CORVALLIS, Ore. - Shawn R. Heilbron, associate athletic director for development at the University of California, Los Angeles, has been named the senior associate athletic director for development at Oregon State University, effective July 1.

In this position, Heilbron [pronounced HILL-bron] will provide leadership to the OSU athletics development program, which includes the Beaver Athletic Student Fund. He will direct a nine-person department and lead efforts to complete the OSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics' $157 million goal as part of the university's $850 million comprehensive fundraising campaign.

"I'm very excited to be joining the Beaver family," said Heilbron. "There is a talented group of coaches and staff in place at OSU, and I look forward to working with them to help increase private support for the program so that we can continue to give our student-athletes the best opportunities to achieve success in the classroom and in competition."

At UCLA, Heilbron oversaw major gifts, the Wooden Athletic Fund, Bruin Varsity Club, endowments, special events, sports specific fundraising and planned gifts. He was responsible for more than $35 million in gifts to UCLA athletics during his tenure.

"I'm excited to bring Shawn aboard in such a vital role for OSU athletics," said OSU athletic director Bob De Carolis. "His background in this conference and his knowledge of the changing landscape of this league make him the ideal choice for this position."

Heilbron arrived at UCLA in June 2006 after serving as associate athletic director for external relations at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Mike Goodwin, president and CEO of the OSU Foundation, stressed the importance of the role Heilbron will play in leading a program to support the university's more than 500 student-athletes.

"This is a significant recruitment for the university," Goodwin said. "Shawn brings with him extensive leadership, teambuilding and fundraising experiences that will build Beaver Nation and position us as a model program among our peers."

A graduate of the University of Texas, Heilbron began his career in 1994 as director of public relations for the Dallas Freeze of the Central Hockey League. He also spent two years as communications and marketing manager for Pinnacle Trading Cards.

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Molly Brown, 541-737-3602