BOSTON, Mass. – Former New England Patriots player Garin Lee Veris was named the new Director of External Business Development and Marketing at the University of Massachusetts Boston by Vice Chancellor of Athletics and Recreation, Special Projects and Programs Charlie Titus. Veris will be responsible for the procurement of major gifts to benefit the continued growth of the UMass Boston Division of Athletics and Recreation. He comes to the university with over 10 years of development and major gift experience at the University of New Hampshire, Marquette University, and Stanford University. Veris will begin his new position on March 5.
“We are fortunate to have Garin Veris, with his extensive background in collegiate and scholastic administration and development, join our team as the new Director of External Development,” says Vice Chancellor Titus. “After an exhaustive search it became apparent that Garin was a standout among many extremely strong candidates.
“There are great things happening at UMass Boston these days—new facilities, growing programs, enhanced teaching and learning, new research, and winning teams. In the midst of this tremendous growth, our athletic programs are enjoying unprecedented success in competition and in the classrooms,” Titus continued. “I am pleased that Garin has accepted our offer and we are all excited to have him join our team.”
“I am extremely excited about being named the Director of External Business Development and Marketing at UMass Boston,” Veris says. “The university’s combination of athletic history, research emphasis, and community engagement, among so many other strengths, made accepting this position an easy one. Under the direction of Vice Chancellor Titus, I look forward to engaging UMass Boston alumni and friends of UMass Boston Athletics from across the country to secure the necessary resources and support for our athletic department and our student athletes. This combination of support and energy will allow our student athletes to compete at the highest levels and excel in the classroom. With a strategic approach to generating support for our programs, we will be able to accomplish the ambitious goals established Chancellor J. Keith Motley as part of the campus-wide strategic plan. Together, we can help take UMass Boston to the next level of academic and athletic success.”
While at the University of New Hampshire, Veris served as the Co-Director of Athletic Fundraising and was the department’s major gift officer. During that time, he managed over 150 major gift prospects, and helped to increase the annual scholarship funding by 30 percent in his first year. As chair of a UNH fundraising committee, he secured over $1 million for the Wildcats ski program. He also headed implementation of the strategic plan for a $1 million campaign to establish an endowed football scholarship.
No stranger to the city of Boston, Veris has also served as the Director of Recreation for the entire city. Appointed by UMass Boston alumnus Mayor Thomas M. Menino ’88, Veris managed a staff of six and over 60 recreational events annually. As part of his responsibilities, he oversaw one of New England’s largest summer basketball programs, working with over 800 participants and major organizations such as the Boston Celtics and Comcast. Veris also served as a member of Mayor Menino’s Strategic Crime Council and has collaborated with all major New England sports organizations, as well as the Boston Police Athletic League.
A standout athlete, Veris competed at the highest levels throughout his life. A native of Ohio, Veris was a four-time Track and Field State Champion in the shot put and discus at Chillicothe High School in Chillicothe, OH. Named a High School All-American in track & field, basketball, and football, Veris went on to have one of the most memorable football careers at Stanford and would later be inducted into the Stanford University Athletics Hall of Fame.
In 1985 Veris was selected in the second round of the National Football League (NFL) draft by the New England Patriots. In his rookie season Veris not only helped the Patriots to Super Bowl XX, but he was also selected to the National Football League’s All-Rookie Team. Veris would eventually end his professional career as a member of the San Francisco 49ers. In 2009 he was named to the Patriots 1980’s All-Decade Team.
A graduate of Stanford University, Veris earned his doctorate from Boston College Law School.