Alan Farley, who has been with the Athletic Department for eight years, was elevated to associate athletic director for fundraising in June of 2005. Farley, who spent his first year as an assistant athletic director in the Blue Raider Athletic Association, heads up all of the Athletic Department’s external fundraising activities.
Farley, who also serves as the administrator for men’s and women’s golf, is a 1992 Middle Tennessee graduate. Farley is responsible for all major gifts and annual fundraising for the Middle Tennessee Athletic Department. He has been instrumental in overseeing the development and fundraising for the synthetic turf that was installed on Horace Jones Field and the new baseball stadium and track and soccer stadium. Farley work ed in conjunction with Middle Tennessee President Sidney McPhee and Director of Athletics Chris Massaro on securing a $ 5.5 million dollar investment in facilities by the City of Murfreesboro. Farley, an executive member of the $25 million Centenniel Capital Campaign for Athletics, was also responsible for securing the funding and construction of the 2,600 square foot state-of-the-art Jeff Hendrix Golf Performance Center that was completed in December 2008 and officially dedicated on May 22, 2009.
Under Farley’s leadership, the BRAA has set fundraising records seven years in a row. In 2011, Farley and his staff raised over $1.2 million in annual unrestricted giving which included a record 511 new members joining the BRAA. During his tenure, the BRAA has seen a 129 percent increase in annual giving.
During Farley’s tenure as associate athletic director, the Middle Tennessee Athletic Department has completed its baseball stadium expansion and reached its goal of $5 million within one year, completed phase 1 and 2 of the track and soccer stadium, secured the first athletic scholarship endowment for women’s basketball, implemented courtside seating in Murphy Center, added 16 new open air boxes in Floyd Stadium, implemented an RV row for tailgating at football, established BRAA clubs in surrounding counties in middle Tennessee, and oversaw the Ken Shipp Women’s Basketball Office Complex construction. The BRAA has expanded its membership benefits and constructed a new donor wall in Murphy Center.
Before arriving at Middle Tennessee, Farley spent six years running his own consulting firm in Nashville. The firm dealt with fundraising, government relations, public relations, and political campaign strategies. During that time, he wrote and managed fundraising plans that raised more than $3.2 million. In 2000, Farley served as the Tennessee political director for President George W. Bush’s presidential campaign. Farley, the 2003-04 winner of the Liz Rhea BRAA Member of the Year award, also has served as campaign manager and political advisor to U.S. Congressman Ed Bryant and served as a political advisor to U. S. Senator Fred Thompson.
Before running his consulting firm, Farley spent 12 years in management with the United Parcel Service. A lifelong resident of Murfreesboro, Farley is vice chairman for the Rutherford County Industrial Bond Development Board and the Rutherford County Health and Education Facilities Board where he is actively involved in promoting economic and job growth in Rutherford County. Farley is also a member of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors.
Farley and his wife, Kelly, who is also a graduate of Middle Tennessee, have two children, Dalton and Ally.