June 20, 2013
Tallahassee, Fla. – Matt Behnke has been named Associate Athletic Director for Business and Chief Financial Officer for the Florida State University Department of Athletics. He will assume his new role on July 1, 2013.
“We are excited to have Matt join our team in the athletics department,” said interim AD Vanessa Fuchs. “Matt has spent nearly a decade working hand-in-hand with the athletics department as a member of the Seminole Boosters staff. That experience will help to make this a seamless transition as we move into a new fiscal year.”
As the Department’s chief financial officer, Behnke will be responsible for all departmental business and financial matters, including budgetary oversight and financial reporting. He will assist in the departments’ strategic planning efforts as well as serve as the financial liaison with all other University constituencies.
In addition, he will oversee the department’s human resource and information technology functions.
“I am grateful to The Florida State University and the Department of Athletics for this unique and exciting opportunity,” Behnke said. “The opportunity to work with the outstanding staff, coaches and student-athletes in their continued pursuit of Comprehensive Excellence is very exciting, and to serve in this role at my alma mater is a great thrill.”
Behnke has been involved with Seminole athletic finances since 2004 as a member of the Seminole Boosters, Inc., the University’s athletic development and fundraising organization. Becoming the Booster Chief Financial Officer in 2009, he oversaw all financial matters and worked with the department’s business functions on all consolidated reporting functions. He was responsible for strategic planning, budgetary development and communication, financial reporting, student-athlete endowment investment implementation, and Seminole athletic facility financing. He led the effort to finance the new Albert J. Dunlap Indoor Training Center (opening in August 2013) and the new Student Housing Facility (scheduled to open in August 2014).
The 38-year old native of Three Oaks, MI, graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1998. He began his career at the public accounting firm Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. in Tallahassee, where he earned his CPA certification from the State of Florida Board of Accountancy.
Behnke currently serves on the FSU Fraud Prevention & Detection Committee as well as numerous Florida Institute of CPA committees.
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