HONOLULU - Hawai'i Pacific University President Geoffrey Bannister today announced the hiring of Vince Baldemor as Executive Director of Athletics for HPU, the state's largest private university.
Baldemor will become the university's ninth athletics director and will oversee 14 intercollegiate sports and campus recreation programs. HPU is a member of the Pacific West Conference, which has 13 member campuses, including Chaminade, BYU Hawai'i and the University of Hawai'i Hilo. Over the 35-year history of HPU's athletics program, its student athletes have won five national championships in women's volleyball, men's basketball and softball.
Baldemor was hired in 2003 as executive director of Ahahui Koa Anuenue (AKA), the non-profit fundraising partner for UH Athletics, and in 2005 was promoted to president. Baldemor served on the athletics department leadership team and provided support and collaboration to the department in all areas of intercollegiate athletics and strategic planning. During his term, AKA raised $70 million through its ticketing, booster clubs and annual giving programs.
Baldemor oversaw fundraising that increased athletics endowments to $5 million and solidified a planned giving program that now has more than $14 million in bequests for athletics. He redeveloped the preferred seating and parking program, creating VIP courtside seats for arena sports. Baldemor managed the unification of 14 booster clubs, the 35th anniversary of the Rainbow Wahine fundraiser and the 100th year of UH Football fundraiser, and coordination and planning for the 2007 Sugar Bowl, among many other projects and responsibilities.
"Vince brings with him a great combination of collegiate and professional athletic experiences, a track record of success in fundraising and business development, effective communication and leaderships skills and strong community relationships in Hawaii," said Bannister. "All of these traits are exactly what we need to elevate HPU athletics and engage the broader community."
Baldemor, a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of America and the National Association of Athletic Development Directors, was also a member of the NCAA Leadership Institute for Minority Males. In Hawaii, Baldemor's community affiliations include the Pacific Century Fellows Program, FBI Citizen's Academy and the NFL Pro Bowl Host Committee.
Baldemor earned a B.S. in Commerce from De Paul University and a MBA from the University of Notre Dame. He was a Division I tennis player for De Paul and an Ohio high school state tennis champion for Archbishop Alter High School. His work experience prior to UH includes stints with the Chicago Bulls basketball organization, International Management Group and the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy.
"My family and I are honored and privileged to become Sea Warriors and to serve the Hawai'i Pacific University community," said Baldemor. "I am excited about the vision that President Bannister and the Board of Trustees have laid out, and I look forward to working with the entire athletics department to continue the great tradition of success in the classroom and on the field of play."
Baldemor is married, and with his wife, Lisa Anne Baldemor, has three children.
Baldemor succeeds Darren Vorderbrugge, who stepped down earlier this month after seven years of serving as both AD and men's basketball head coach to focus solely on basketball. Vorderbruegge will work closely with Baldemor on further development of basketball and on other departmental issues. Bannister said the two "will be essential in defining Sea Warrior success in the coming years."
"Vord's success as athletics director, which has included two PacWest Commissioner's Cup Championships recognizing the conference's most successful athletics program, made the decision a difficult one for Vord to make," said Bannister. "In choosing to serve solely as men's basketball coach, he will have the opportunity to build on a nearly three-decade career at the college and high school levels that has taken him to the NCAA Division II tournament multiple times."