Ken Zimmerman, Jr.
Director of Development--Major Gifts
Ken Zimmerman, Jr. is in his tenth and final year as a Division of Intercollegiate Athletics Development Director functioning as a coordinator for the major gifts program. In addition he is active in nationwide solicitation of gifts primarily above $250,000. Goals for the near future in Zimmerman's program will include:
Increasing dollars solicited for athletic endowment; creating an awareness among athletic investors of the value of giving through wills and other methods of planned giving; and helping to complete facilities projects planned for Ron Guenther's regime.
Zimmerman joined the University of Illinois staff after working for five years as the assistant director of development for the University of Colorado athletic department.
He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1963 with a degree in physical education and received a master's degree from Illinois in 1966 in the same field. The co-captain of the 1962 Illini football team, Zimmerman also was elected Most Valuable Player by his teammates that year. He also lettered in fencing and was a member of Max Garret's 1962 Big Ten championship team.
Zimmerman attended Aurora West High School, playing for his father, Ken Zimmerman, Sr., who played end and halfback for the Illini from 1937-39.
Zimmerman lives in Champaign with his wife, Caroline, and her daughter Stephanie Mayotte, a junior at Centennial High School. Her son, Jonathan, attends Illinois State University. Zimmerman's children, Brett and Darcy, graduated from the University of Colorado and Montana State University respectively and reside in Colorado.
In July of 2004 Ken will be retiring from the Athletic Department.
E-mail Ken Zimmerman at email@example.com