Paul Meyers’ resignation from his position as Nebraska associate athletic director for major gifts “leaves a big hole in terms of (financial) development,” according to one of the school’s most prominent donors.

“I don’t know who can fill it as well as Paul filled it,” Howard Hawks said. “This is pretty unfortunate for the university.“

Meyers said Thursday he forwarded his resignation Tuesday. He declined further comment.

Nebraska athletic director Steve Pederson informed Husker athletic staff Thursday morning that Meyers resigned for “personal reasons.” The resignation is effective Oct. 15, Pederson said.

“I have very high regard for Paul Meyers,” Pederson said. “He’s a good man. He had success here as a student-athlete, as a coach and as an administrator. I thank him for all of the contributions he made here and wish him the very best with everything he ever does.“

Meyers, an All-American Husker baseball player in 1986, was named associate athletic director for development in 2005 after serving as an assistant athletic director the previous two years. Earlier this year, he stepped into the title of associate AD for major gifts, meaning he was the lead fundraiser for bigger-project type of gifts.

In fact, Meyers was involved in virtually every athletic project involving major contributions in the last decade.

As a result, Meyers has a close relationship with several of Nebraska’s most prominent athletic donors, including Charles Myers.

In December of 2004, Myers gave the Husker athletic department a $5 million gift for the Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex.

“Paul’s a buddy,” Myers said Thursday from Scottsdale, Ariz. “He’s a very energetic young man who’s honest and has great integrity.“

Myers hadn’t heard of Meyers’ resignation until being informed by a reporter Thursday morning.

“I’m surprised — shocked,” Myers said. “I would’ve thought he’d work at Nebraska until he died.“

Hawks, a university regent and close friend of Meyers, also was surprised by the announcement. Hawks spoke with Meyers Thursday.

“He was very positive,” Hawks said. “He isn’t trying to create issues or rumblings or anything like that.“

Meyers has guided the Husker athletic department’s development efforts since 2000 after originally joining the staff as a development officer in 1994. In the summer of 1999, he was named senior development officer and interim director of development.

Before moving to the development office, Meyers spent three years as an assistant coach with the Nebraska baseball team after ending his professional playing career.

As a Husker senior in 1986, he batted .347 with 20 doubles and 66 runs batted in. A career .350 hitter, he ranks second in school history with 209 RBI. He’s one of 16 Huskers in program history to be named a first-team All-American.

Meyers lives in Omaha with his wife, daughter and son.

Reach Steven M. Sipple at 473-7440 or ssipple@journalstar.com.

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