Mark Alnutt, deputy director of athletics at the University of Memphis, was named director of athletics at the University at Buffalo, UB President Satish K. Tripathi announced on March 21, 2018. Alnutt began his duties at Buffalo on April 11.
A former Division I football player at the University of Missouri, Alnutt helped develop Memphis’ $45 million NCAA Division I athletics program, assisted with leading its 380 student-athletes and oversaw all external operations for the athletics program, among other responsibilities.
Alnutt has nearly 18 years of professional experience in NCAA Division I Intercollegiate Athletics. Before joining the University of Memphis, he served as director of athletics at Southeast Missouri State University for three-plus years. Prior to that, he served at the University of Missouri as senior associate athletics director from 2006 to 2012 and director of football operations from 2000 to 2005, adding an assistant athletic director title prior to the 2005-2006 season.
During Alnutt’s tenure at Memphis, he was elected chair of the NCAA Minority Opportunity and Interests Committee; assisted in reaching the goal of $40 million for the university’s Time to Shine capital campaign; diversified annual giving; increased outreach efforts to the community and schools; coordinated all aspects of football bowl trips; and shared oversight of football and men’s basketball while directing administrative oversight of baseball and women’s basketball, sports medicine, strength and conditioning, and facilities. He successfully campaigned and lobbied the city of Memphis to approve nearly $5 million in improvements to Liberty Bowl Stadium.
The athletics program experienced numerous milestones during Alnutt’s career at Memphis, including the football team setting an attendance record and student-athletes achieving the highest grade point average (GPA) in school history.
Prior to his tenure at Memphis, Alnutt oversaw Southeast Missouri’s 15 sports programs and 320 student-athletes as director of athletics. Alnutt made many key head coaching hires, negotiated and executed the first-ever NCAA collegiate football game at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium — the largest off-campus alumni gathering in the university’s history — and was instrumental in helping football ticket revenue increase 58 percent and total giving to athletics increase by more than 26 percent.
Under his leadership, Southeast Missouri’s student-athletes excelled in the classroom, recording a cumulative 3.15 GPA during the 2014-15 academic year while logging a record number of community service hours with coaches and staff.
At the University of Missouri, Alnutt was the administrative liaison for football; supervised track and field, cross country, gymnastics and golf; spearheaded the department’s project management team; oversaw all aspects of facility project master planning, development management and implementation; and was involved with external department operations. As director of football operations, he coordinated the team’s travel plans, oversaw the football budget and handled compliance issues, among other responsibilities.
A three-year letterman for Missouri, Alnutt played linebacker and tight end. As a senior, he was voted the team’s champion of the year, awarded to the student-athlete who represented the commitment, dedication and hard work needed to be a leader both on and off the field.
He has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis on sports psychology.
Alnutt serves on the NCAA Football Playing Rules Committee. He has participated in the Division I-A Athletic Director’s Institute and chaired the NCAA Women’s Gymnastic committee.
Alnutt and his wife, Kate, have four children, Jaren, Kinleigh, Mason and Aidan.