Northwestern baseball coach receives Reichenberger award

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Northwestern baseball coach receives Reichenberger award

November 6, 2012
Northwestern Foundation Release

 Ryan Bay receives the Donovan Reichenberger Fundraising Award presented by Donovan Reichenberger
Ryan Bay, Northwestern Oklahoma State University head baseball coach, received the Donovan Reichenberger Fundraising Award presented by Donovan Reichenberger, Northwestern Foundation trustee.

Donovan Reichenberger presented Ryan Bay, Northwestern Oklahoma State University head baseball coach, with the Donovan Reichenberger Fundraising Award at the Northwestern Foundation Donor Appreciation Dinner. Bay, the third to be honored with the award, was recognized for solidifying a gift of $346,913 from the Glass family.

This gift allowed the baseball team to receive new artificial turf on the infield at Myers Stadium before the start of their spring season.

“Coach Ryan Bay has done a fantastic job of cultivating the relationship between his team and the community, our alumni and our donors,” said Skeeter Bird, Northwestern Foundation CEO. “I think we will see him securing many more gifts in the future because of his dedication to his student athletes and Northwestern.”

Established in 2010 by the Northwestern Foundation, the Donovan Reichenberger Fundraising Award recognizes the private fundraising efforts of Northwestern faculty and staff. Named for Reichenberger and his example of generosity and fundraising service, the award honors an individual who seeks to further the mission and vision of the university, allowing continued prosperity during a critical time of diminishing state support.

“It’s the Glass family that deserves all the credit for their unbelievable generosity toward our program and our university,” Bay said. “I was more than happy to help out with this process and hope that I may be able to help facilitate other potential endeavors in the future.”

Bay, originally from Perry, received his bachelor’s degree in 1999 from Missouri Valley College while being a four-year starter and two-time all-conference performer on their baseball team. He earned his master’s degree in education from Northwestern in 2002. Bay is entering his fifth season as the Rangers’ head coach.

“It is the tremendous ‘giving spirit’ and pride that so many people have for Northwestern that makes this such a special place,” Bay said.

To be considered for the award, nominees must be full-time Northwestern employees, demonstrate excellent personal qualities and exemplify Northwestern values. Selection by the Northwestern Foundation Executive Committee is based on the total funds raised by the nominee, both pledged and realized; the average age and income of the alumni base from which the nominee raised the funds; the nominee’s university position and level of responsibility; and the sources of private gifts secured for Northwestern.

The prestigious award’s selection criteria reflect Reichenberger’s dedication to the university. A former Northwestern faculty member and 1965 alumnus, Reichenberger is one of the university’s most generous benefactors. He has served as a Northwestern Foundation trustee since 1993.

For more information or to nominate Northwestern faculty or staff for the 2013 award, contact Bird at 580-327-8599,  or by mail at Northwestern Foundation Inc., 709 Oklahoma Blvd., Alva, OK 73717.