Haven Fields was elevated to assistant director of athletics, development in July 2016, charged with leading the DIA's Chicago office.
Fields joined the University of Illinois Office of Athletics Development in Chicago as associate director of development - Chicago Operations on Feb. 24, 2014. Fields came to Illinois after having spent the past five years serving as the assistant director of athletics for administration and major gifts at the University of South Alabama. Fields began his career in intercollegiate athletics at his alma mater, Auburn University, where he served as a graduate assistant for compliance and event management before moving into a role as associate director of athletics development at Auburn, a position he held for four years.
While at South Alabama, Fields served as a member of the senior administration leadership staff, and was involved in the day-to-day oversight of the Jaguar Athletic Fund Leadership Circle, as well as the football program. Fields also supervised the men's and women's cross country and track & field programs, served as an advisor to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), oversaw the Student-Athlete Affairs Program, and was very active in collaborating with university administrators to address diversity issues on campus. Fields was responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors to the Jaguar Athletic Fund Leadership Circle, which is comprised of individuals or groups which contribute $10,000 or more annually. Fields was involved in capital fundraising projects for several sports programs. Fields also oversaw the implementation of the Jaguar Varsity Club for former student-athletes, along with the Jaguar Ambassadors which was a volunteer leadership group assisting in several areas of the athletic department.
During his time at Auburn, Fields assisted in the $170 million "Legends Campaign for Athletics," which was part of the “It All Begins at Auburn University” capital campaign for the institution, resulting in a $608 million effort. He also had the opportunity to help raise $30 million in private support for the "Auburn Basketball Building for Excellence Campaign." He coordinated fundraising efforts related to all former student-athletes, served as liaison to the Auburn Football Lettermen Club, and was the liaison to Auburn’s NFL Players.
Fields graduated with a bachelor's degree in exercise science from Auburn in 2001, and earned a master's of science in higher education administration/sports management from Auburn in 2006. While at Auburn, Fields was a four-year letterwinner in football, earning numerous accolades, including honorable mention All-Southeastern Conference, Auburn University Defensive Player of the Year-Zeke Smith Award, and All-Southeastern Conference Football "All State Good Works Team." Fields played two seasons in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for the Hamilton Tigercats and the British Columbia Lions.
Fields, his wife, Mya and son, Haven Jr. born February 24, 2017 reside in Plainfield.