Chris Wyrick, who has spent the past four and a half years working in the Arkansas athletic department, has been named the executive director of the Razorback Foundation.

Ken Mourton, the Razorback Foundation chairman, announced the hire Monday. Wyrick will replace Harold Horton, who retired earlier this summer.

"I am honored to be selected to lead the Razorback Foundation at this important time in the history of our program,” Wyrick said in a statement. “I am grateful to Jeff Long for giving me the opportunity to come to the University of Arkansas and become a part of this special program. For the past four and half years, I have enjoyed working with the Razorback Foundation Board, Coach Horton and the Razorback Foundation staff as we achieved record levels in annual support and membership. And now as I begin my role as executive director, I firmly believe we are in prime position to build upon that momentum and secure the needed support for the continued development of Razorback student-athletes.”

Wyrick, who has been working as a senior associate athletic director at Arkansas, took a leave from his athletic department position in 2010 to lead the Razorback Seat Value Plan (R.S.V.P.) as part of the Answer the Call Campaign for the Razorback Foundation. R.S.V.P. resulted in 2,600 new Razorback Foundation members and generated an additional $6.5 million in support of Razorback athletics. Wyrick then returned to the athletic department as the senior associate athletic director for development, leading the capital gifts and major gift fundraising efforts to support the department's facilities master plan.

"As the Board moved forward to identify a new executive director, it quickly became apparent that Chris Wyrick would combine development expertise with a deep appreciation and understanding of the Razorback program,” Mourton said in a statement. “His work on behalf of the Razorback Foundation with the R.S.V.P. program helped re-shape the future of our membership and support. Working alongside Jeff Long in the athletic department has given him an informed perspective of the unique spirit and statewide support of the Razorback fans. Chris understands the need for that continued support and what will be required in the years to come to maintain a nationally competitive all sports program at the University of Arkansas.”

Wyrick joined the Arkansas athletic department after two years at South Carolina, where he was the associate athletics director for development. Prior to South Carolina, Wyrick spent six years at Vanderbilt as an administrator. He is a Greensboro, N.C., native.

Wyrick, who graduated from N.C. State in 1992, is the first person who did not play or coach at Arkansas to serve as the Razorback Foundation's executive director.

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau