Following an extensive nationwide search, Chaminade University is proud to introduce Dr. Thomas Buning as its new athletic director.
Buning previously served as senior associate director of athletics at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and brings more than two decades of experience in NCAA Division I and Division II athletics.
He also brings a passion for the job—and for the Marianist values Chaminade instills in students.
Buning is excited to hit the ground running—understanding the unique needs of Chaminade’s athletics program, today and into the future. He steps into the role at a pivotal time for Silversword athletics and as the university continues to look for new ways to support our student-athletes.
With his personable leadership style, Buning will head up a program with 10 NCAA men’s and women’s athletic teams and over 140 student-athletes, building new strategic direction in concert with the university’s priorities.
His business acumen and strong managerial background make him uniquely positioned to focus on fundraising and long-term budget planning for the athletics program.
Buning recently completed his Doctor of Education in Leadership of Higher Education at Southern Methodist University, where he also earned a Master of Business Administration.
He also has a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Missouri University of Science and Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the US Military Academy West Point.
At Southern Methodist University, Buning helped lead an athletic program with 150 staff and coaches and an annual budget for $55 million.
Previously, he served as director of athletics at University of North Dakota.
Before joining Chaminade, Buning was a senior partner and managing director at a privately held mergers and acquisitions business brokerage services advisory firm.
While he excelled at the work, Buning said it made him realize his real passion is in athletics.
Buning is set to start at Chaminade in July. Please join us in welcoming him onboard!