Jake Gahart was hired in July of 2023 and serves as a Director of Development in the Office of Advancement. Jake’s primary responsibilities include moving the college forward through engagement of major gift donors, oftentimes visiting alumni and friends of the college both locally and across the country.
Jake is a Ripon alumnus and member of the Ripon Athletic Hall of Fame, class of 2023. As a football student-athlete, he was a Fred Mitchell Award finalist following the 2011 season, as well as a BSN First Team All American placekicker. He majored in both History and Sport Management at Ripon and added a Masters of Education in Sport Management at Wichita State University in 2016. Jake has experience in college and university athletics departments at a variety of levels, including DIII, NAIA, small DI and Power 5 DI, working primarily in facility and event operations. He also was a part of the opening of the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee in the fall of 2018, managing conversions of the new arena for Bucks games, Marquette men’s basketball, and concerts and shows like Metallica, Foo Fighters, Eagles, Twenty-One Pilots, and Kevin Hart.
When not in the office, Jake likes to golf whenever possible and spend quality time with his dogs, Thor and Whiskey.