Oct. 11, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips announced today the elevation of two long-time Assistant Athletic Directors to the position of Associate Athletic Director in their respective departments. Rob Lichten, who heads NU’s business office, and Mark Wesoloski, who leads the Wildcats’ ticket operations staff, began their full-time careers at NU in 1995.
Lichten has been elevated to Associate Athletics Director for Business and will continue to oversee the day-to-day business operations of the Athletics Department and assist with budget planning. He is also the sport administrator for the women’s fencing and field hockey teams. As a Northwestern undergraduate in 1994, Lichten worked part-time in the Athletic business office and was eventually hired as a full-time staff in 1995. He competed for the Wildcats as a student-athlete on the fencing team from 1991-95.
Lichten graduated with a bachelor's degree in speech from Northwestern University in 1995 and completed a master's in business administration at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management in 2007. He served on the NCAA fencing committee from 1999-2001 and is a member of the College Athletic Business Management Association.
Lichten and his wife, Joanna, reside in Evanston.
Wesoloski was elevated to Associate Athletics Director for Ticket Operations overseeing ticket sales, game-day ticket operations and service, and season ticket and group ticket accounts for all athletic events.
Ticket Operations under Wesoloski’s leadership, along with the Ticket Sales and Service staff, helped Northwestern surpass the school's modern-era record for largest football season ticket base this year. As of August 1, the number of season tickets sold for the 2013 football season was double Northwestern's 2009 paid season ticket base, a surge coinciding with the department's overall effort aimed at increasing Chicagoland fan awareness and market share centered on the tagline "Chicago's Big Ten Team."
Wesoloski started as a volunteer in the Ticket Office in 1993 and became an intern in 1994. He was hired full time in 1995 as assistant ticket manager overseeing ticket operations, including ticket printing, orders, inventory, sales, renewals and distribution. In 2000, he took over as director of ticket operations. Wesoloski graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance from Illinois State University and obtained his master’s in business administration from the Rollins College Crummer School of Business located in Winter Park, Fla.
He resides in Wheeling.