Updated July 6, 2018
Matt Behnke is Florida State Athletics’ Senior Associate Athletic Director for Business and Chief Financial Officer. This is his sixth year serving in this role.
As the Department’s chief financial officer, Behnke is 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 Department’s representative with all other University financial divisions. In addition, he will oversee the department’s information technology functions. He serves as the financial liaison to all athletic direct support organizations (DSO’s), including Seminole Boosters, Inc. and FSU Financial Assistance, Inc. Under the guiding principles of transparency and enhanced financial reporting, Behnke has led the efforts to simplify the Department’s fiscal affairs by consolidating the multiple budgets of the Department and reporting the Department’s budget in a transparent and concise manner. The result, the Department’s Athletic Budget Reporting Package and the enhanced Annual Financial Statements, have been recognized for its presentation of the fiscal condition of the Department.
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 (opened in August 2013) and the new Student Housing Facility (opened in August 2014).
A native of Three Oaks, MI, Behnke 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 has previously served on the FSU Fraud Prevention & Detection Committee as well as numerous Florida Institute of CPA committees. He currently serves as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference Finance Committee as well as the Seminole Boosters Student-Athlete Endowment Committee.
Behnke is married to the former Kelly May, and they have one son, AJ, and are expecting a daughter in August 2018.