Ball State University

Ken Bothof
Interim Director of Athletics

Ken Bothof

Mr. Bothof has 35 years of administrative experience in college athletics, including nine years at Northern Kentucky University, where he retired as vice president and director of athletics in Jun

Mr. Bothof started his career in collegiate athletics in 1987 at San Jose State University, where he served as assistant athletic director. He has also held positions at Idaho State University (senior associate athletic director; 1990-95) and Saint Louis University (associate athletic director for external operations; 1995-2002).

From 2002-13, Mr. Bothof served as director of athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he was instrumental in raising $11 million in private funds to complete a $33 million renovation and expansion of the Phoenix Sports Center. He also developed an outdoor facilities plan that included new soccer and softball facilities, as well as expanded recreational and intramural opportunities for students, faculty, and staff.

At Northern Kentucky, Mr. Bothof successfully guided the university’s transition from NCAA Division II to Division I, a process it completed in 2016. As a result of the transition, annual athletics fundraising increased more than five-fold under Mr. Bothof’s leadership, leading to numerous facility and departmental improvements. Norse student-athletes also excelled in the classroom during Mr. Bothof’s tenure, leading to at least 14 consecutive semesters with a cumulative department-wide GPA of 3.2 or better, including a streak of at least eight consecutive semesters above a 3.37 GPA.

Mr. Bothof earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Buena Vista University, where he competed in baseball and basketball.