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Varady Named Razorback Foundation Executive Director and General Counsel

October 6, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas alumnus and longtime senior administrator Scott Varady has been named Executive Director and General Counsel for the Razorback Foundation it was announced on Tuesday.

Varady has served more than 19 years with the University of Arkansas’ Office of the General Counsel including his role as Associate General Counsel. Varady was a member of the University’s Executive Committee and was responsible for developing and implementing University legal strategies and advising the Chancellor, the University’s Executive Committee, senior-level administrators (Provost, Deans and Department Chairs), faculty, and staff, on all University legal matters. Varady also coordinated the legal operations of the Fayetteville office with the General Counsel of the UA system.

“The athletic and academic achievements of Razorback student-athletes are a source of pride and inspiration for Arkansans in every corner of our state and around the world,” Varady said. “As a native Arkansan and lifelong Razorback fan, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the team of dedicated professionals at the Razorback Foundation. With the support of the outstanding membership of the Razorback Foundation, I am confident that we can build upon a tradition of excellence to achieve new heights of success and enable Razorback student-athletes to achieve their full athletic and academic potential. I am grateful to the Board for this opportunity and excited for the future of the Razorback Foundation and Razorback Athletics.”

In his previous role, Varady provided legal advice and representation to the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics including negotiating and drafting coaching employment agreements, sponsorship and media rights agreements, and worked on trademark and licensing issues. In addition, he coordinated and represented the University in three major NCAA infraction cases. Varady also consulted with the legal counsel of the Razorback Foundation on an ongoing basis in matters relating to the department.

“Scott is a very positive addition to the Razorback Foundation,” Razorback Foundation Board Chairman Ken Mourton said. “He is certainly familiar with the Razorback Foundation after working closely with it on behalf of the university for many years. He has been very active in matters related to the athletics department. Scott has always had a tremendous relationship with the leadership and membership of the Razorback Foundation and I’m confident that will continue in his new role as executive director and general counsel. I believe it will be a seamless transition and that the Razorback Foundation will continue to grow and prosper under his leadership.”

Varady will begin his tenure with the Razorback Foundation on December 1, taking over for interim executive director Norm DeBriyn. Named interim executive director in July, DeBriyn has announced retirement from the Razorback Foundation effective this January.

“With Scott Varady, we are gaining not only a highly respected and accomplished leader, but someone who understands the importance our university and Razorback Athletics plays throughout Arkansas and beyond,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. “He has worked closely with the Razorback Foundation and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics throughout his tenure at the University of Arkansas, including negotiating coaches’ employment agreements and representing the department in various matters crucial to the success of our program.

“Scott has demonstrated the ability to build relationships and engender good will for the university even when working in difficult circumstances. As a native Arkansan, Scott has a lifelong, deeply rooted passion for the Razorbacks and the University of Arkansas. His love and long-term commitment to this institution, coupled with his wide-ranging expertise, makes him an excellent choice to lead the Razorback Foundation.”

Prior to joining the University, Varady worked as an Associate at Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C. in Little Rock with a focus on commercial litigation. Prior to joining the Mitchell Firm, Varady worked as an Associate with the firm of Swidler & Berlin, Chartered, in Washington, D.C., where his practice focused on telecommunications, environmental insurance recovery litigation and general litigation.

Varady also served as a staff member for former Senator Dale L. Bumpers on the U.S. Senate Small Business Committee and for former Representative Bill Alexander. Varady received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1993, graduating magna cum laude, and he was inducted into The Order of the Coif, and was a member of The Tax Lawyer law journal.

Prior to attending law school, Varady received a Master of Science in Foreign Service while concentrating in international business diplomacy, finance, and trade from Georgetown University in 1988, where he also earned the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence.

A Little Rock native, Varady earned a B.A. with Honors in Political Science from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, in 1985. Varady is admitted to practice in Arkansas, the District of Columbia, the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Varady and his wife, Melissa, have two children, Nathan, a senior mechanical engineering major at MIT who is a captain of the MIT football team, and Emily, a freshman in the Honors College who is majoring in international studies and is a member of Tri Delt at the University of Arkansas.

2015 UA Sports Hall of Honor Class Announced

June 15, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A total of nine former University of Arkansas student-athletes will be inducted as members of the 2015 class of the UA Sports Hall of Honor this September. The honorees include a pair of consensus football All-Americans, one of the top rebounders in school history, two NCAA championship divers, a women’s track and field star and one of the most decorated men’s track and field stars in the storied tradition of Razorback Track and Field.

The 2015 class includes former Razorback football greats Steve Korte, Kendall Trainor and Lynn Garner, men’s basketball star Derek Hood, baseball standout Mike Loggins, divers Ron Meyer and Robin Ford, women’s track and field All-American Deedee Brown-Campbell and men’s track and field All-American and NCAA Champion Niall Bruton. The 2015 inductees were elected to the UA Sports Hall of Honor based on a vote by former Razorback letter winners in conjunction with the A Club.

"We are proud to announce the inductees for the 2015 University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long says. “This year’s class includes nine outstanding Razorback student-athletes who competed in seven different programs at the University of Arkansas in careers spanning four decades. Being selected by your peers for induction into the UA Sports Hall of Honor is the highest honor any Razorback student-athlete can receive from the A Club. We look forward to recognizing their extraordinary achievements during the Hall of Honor weekend this September.” The 2015 class will be inducted during the Hall of Honor weekend, Sept. 3-5. Hall of Honor weekend includes a golf tournament at the Fayetteville Country Club and an induction banquet at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Springdale. Inductees will also be recognized during half-time of Arkansas’ football home opener against UTEP at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Tables and individual tickets to the induction banquet and the Hall of Honor golf tournament may be purchased from the Razorback Foundation. Sponsorships are also available for the banquet and golf outing. For more information, call the Razorback Foundation at 479-443-9000 or visit the Hall of Honors website.

Razorback Foundation Introduces Priority Points Program

August 8, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Razorback Foundation members will soon be able to take advantage of an easy-to-use, interactive priority points system that will further ensure members are rewarded for their generosity, loyalty and continued support in a fair, equitable and positive manner.

Beginning with the 2014-15 athletic season, the Razorback Priority Points Program will utilize an interactive system designed to allocate tickets, parking and other benefits by awarding points to Foundation members for Annual Fund, capital, endowments and other gifts along with consecutive years of giving while also recognizing the contributions of all former Razorback student-athletes.

"We are pleased to introduce the Razorback Priority Points System to better serve our more than 13,000 Razorback Foundation members," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long says. "For the past 18 months, the leadership of the Razorback Foundation has been working tirelessly to seek feedback from current members while analyzing other successful points systems around the country.

"This comprehensive process has resulted in a customized plan specific to the University of Arkansas that will reward loyalty and provide donors with what they need to make informed decisions about their membership. Most importantly, it will provide a framework for the continued growth of the Razorback Foundation and the future success of our more than 460 student-athletes."

This week, current Razorback Foundation members are being mailed a Razorback Priority Points program brochure that outlines the program that will be utilized beginning in 2014 to allocate new season tickets, fulfill requests for additional tickets and rank priority for upgrades for football, men's basketball and baseball. In addition, the packet will include a personalized statement detailing priority points accumulated by current Razorback Foundation members.

Beginning in January 2014, Razorback Foundation members will be able to access their points online and see their rank within their donor class. Benefits will continue to be distributed initially by annual fund membership class, but points will then be used to determine priority within each class.

"The Razorback Priority Points System marks an important milestone in the history of the Razorback Foundation," Razorback Foundation Executive Director Sean Rochelle says. "It is the centerpiece of our commitment to more effectively engage our members while enhancing their membership experience. As one of only three SEC programs not utilizing a priority points system, we have been limited in our ability to measure the full value of our members' contributions."

"With the Razorback Priority Points System, we will have the ability to recognize the loyalty and contributions of our long time members while providing new donors an opportunity to become active in supporting our program. We are confident that this will not only increase member satisfaction, but also provide a system that accurately gauges all aspects of Razorback Foundation support."

Find additional information about the Razorback Priority Points Program, including a PDF version of the brochure

Find additional information on the Razorback Priority Points Program, including a PDF version of the brochure, here.

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