Mark Driscoll's presence at Colorado State University reflects a passion and commitment for the University, experience developed during more than two decades in business, and energy and enthusiasm reflective of his dedication toward the school's continuing excellence in athletics.
Named the school's 12th director of athletics August 8, 2003, Driscoll brought to the department a vision and strategic plan to direct Colorado State's continued growth and evolution in intercollegiate athletics.
Colorado State's mission is the recruitment, education, development and the graduation of student-athletes, while emphasizing integrity, honesty, and sportsmanship.
Under Driscoll's leadership, that mission is the guideline for the direction the department will focus upon not only during coming months, but for many years to come.
Driscoll will rely upon a values-driven, experienced, resourceful and successful coaching staff and management team to accomplish the goals of the entire department. While focused on those goals, the department will continue to enhance its reputation for academic and athletic excellence and earn its respect on campus, in the community, and throughout the nation.
Since his arrival at Colorado State, he also has laid the groundwork for expanding the role of fund-raising, marketing and promotions to provide the necessary resources that will allow CSU's student-athletes and coaches an opportunity to compete and succeed at the highest level nationally.
One of the primary objectives of the department under Driscoll's guidance is to expand the program's financial support through private means. For instance, over a year ago the school entered into a marketing partnership with Nelligan Sports to generate additional corporate sponsorship agreements.
Driscoll has worked tirelessly in the cultivation of donors and supporters of the program. Last spring, the department conducted its annual Greater Ram Club drive, setting another fund-raising record for funds donated toward support of the department's scholarship fund. Membership is at an all-time high.
But Driscoll is not content to rest on those laurels. Instead, he has plans to continually increase the financial support and membership of the Greater Ram Club.
He has also been instrumental in departmental plans to provide better service to ticket buyers and donors, while at the same time creating more awareness of the program throughout the region.
Additionally, Driscoll has plans in the works to reach out to the school's more than 145,000 living alumni members located across the country.
It is also a priority for Driscoll to meet with the school's more than 400 student-athletes, the coaching staff and management team to assure that everyone associated with Colorado State's program is aware of the goals of the entire department.
He will also oversee the completion of several projects underway when he arrived, including the renovation and expansion of Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium.
Driscoll's appointment as director of athletics continues a more than three-decade association he's enjoyed with the University. He has been an all-star quarterback who later played for two NFL teams, an assistant football coach at Colorado State and served as the color analyst for the school's football radio broadcast in 2002. He has lived in Fort Collins for over 30 years, 24 as an employee of First National Bank.
Driscoll earned both his bachelor's (business administration, 1976) and master's (business administration, 1988) degrees from CSU. His wife, Neyla, is also a CSU graduate, as are brothers Paul, Steve and Joe. Mark's brothers Paul and Steve also both played football at Colorado State.
From 1994 until his appointment at CSU, he was the president of First National Bank, and in 2002 became the president of First National of Colorado, Inc., serving as the chief operating officer of a bank holding company which owns three banks in the state with assets in excess of $2.3 billion.
Mark and Neyla have three children: son Luke, who currently works for the St. Louis Rams, daughter Ellie, a CSU graduate and teacher in Denver, and son Andy, who works for Woodward Governor.