Athletics looking to raise $262 million as part of campaign.
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Sleeper began his tenure with MSU Athletics in October 2002. Prior to that, he spent nearly three years at Arizona State University as Assistant Athletic Director for Development, as well as eight years at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, as Associate Athletic Director for Advancement. After playing a key role in the Spartan Stadium expansion, Sleeper was promoted to Senior Associate Athletic Director at MSU in October 2005.
As Executive Associate Athletics Director, Sleeper oversees a 20-member fund development team. During his tenure, Sleeper has orchestrated a period of unprecedented growth in private support with over $400 million in gifts and commitments raised since he assumed leadership of the athletic development operation. In addition to creating and branding the Spartan Fund, Sleeper and the Spartan Fund team have led fundraising efforts that have resulted in several new and refurbished facilities, including the Spartan Stadium Suites and Club Seats; Old College Field — DeMartin (Soccer) Stadium, Secchia (Softball) Stadium, McLane Baseball Stadium, Pentecost Plaza; the Skandalaris Football Center; new basketball locker rooms for men’s and women’s programs; the North End Zone Engagement Center; the Lasch Family Golf Center; the Berkowitz Basketball Complex renovation; and the Gilbert Pavilion. In addition, well over 300 new endowments have been established for MSU Athletics for a total of over $60 million, during Sleeper’s tenure.
Sleeper was a four-year letterwinner in baseball and received his bachelor of science degree (political science) from Grand Valley State University in 1983. He earned his master's degree in sports administration in 1986 from St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida.
Sleeper and his wife, Julia, have two children: Luke and Olivia.