FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Aaron Parris has been named assistant athletic director for ticket operations for Razorback Athletics it was announced by Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long on Thursday.
Parris has more than nine years of sales, ticket operations, administrative management, membership development and event marketing experience at multiple high-level institutions, including Arizona State University, the University of Kansas, Marquette University and Southern Methodist University (SMU). He joins the Razorback Athletics team after serving most recently as the director of revenue generation and ticket operations at SMU, a post he held for the past three years. During his tenure with the Mustangs, Parris directed strategic sales and giving campaigns.
“Aaron elevated himself from a deep, experienced and talented pool of candidates,” Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Operations and Strategic Communications Chris Freet said. “Our ticket office is the front door to Razorback Athletics for a great majority of our fans, which makes this position vital in so many ways. We believe we have found a leader that can build on existing relationships and will be thoughtful and customer-focused as we continue to improving the experience of our great fan base.”
Prior to his time at SMU, Parris was the director of ticket operations and donor relations at Marquette University. In 2010-11, Parris served as an assistant director for ticket operations and external relations at the University of Kansas. At KU he directed sales operations and oversaw sponsorship tickets, tailgating opportunities and processed major gifts coming from the program’s relations with its multi-media rights holder. In addition, Parris was a graduate assistant in the Arizona State University ticket office from 2007-09.
Parris has a master’s degree from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas. He also graduated from the sports leadership and leadership studies program at Marquette University. Parris and his wife, Ally, have two sons, Hudson (3) and Max (1).
“My family and I are excited to become a part of the Razorback family and to join a university and athletic department with such great tradition,” Parris said.