UNCW AD Jimmy Bass restructures Seahawk Club fundraising efforts

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Submitted: Thu, 02/10/2011 - 9:14pm
Updated: Thu, 02/10/2011 - 9:36pm

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW Director of Athletics Jimmy Bass has announced a restructuring of the department’s fundraising arm designed to confront rising costs and address increasing needs within the Seahawk program.

Bass has announced several personnel moves to spark fund raising efforts. Veteran fund raising professional Patrick Ransdell has been named Senior Associate Athletic Director and Executive Director of the Seahawk Club, Tim Duncan has been appointed Associate Athletic Director for Major Gifts and Kathleen Bowles and Adam Keen have been named Assistant Directors of the Seahawk Club.

“Part of our first 90 days action plan was to evaluate the external operations of UNCW’s athletic program,” said Bass, who took over the helm in mid-October. “Getting our people in the right jobs that suit their individual talents and abilities has been a priority.

“All of these new personnel assignments will make UNCW Athletics’ external operations more effective and responsive to our many constituents, while serving to improve our customer service functions for Seahawk Club members, corporate partners, students and faculty/staff.”

Ransdell comes to UNCW following stints at five different institutions, including the last three years at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. He began his association at CCU as a major gifts officer before being named Assistant Athletic Director for Development and Marketing in May of 2009 and Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Sales last April.

“Patrick is a rising star in intercollegiate athletics,” said Bass. “His extensive working knowledge and experience in external operations will help UNCW revamp its athletic department, marketing and multi-media rights programs. We welcome Patrick, Brooke and Walker to the UNCW family.”

In his roles with the Chanticleers, Ransdell helped raise more than $1.3 million to complete the school’s football field house project, contributed to the planning and development of the $30 million Convocation/Recreation Center and provided assistance with several facility improvements to the baseball complex. Most recently, Ransdell controlled all marketing and sales responsibilities within a restricted external relations department.

Ransdell also worked in various administrative positions at Western Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Ohio University and the University of Mississippi before moving to Coastal. He was a four-year student-athlete in baseball at WKU prior to embarking on his marketing and fund raising career.

“My family and I are tremendously excited to join the Seahawks and the Wilmington community,” said Ransdell. “The opportunity to play a leadership role under Jimmy Bass, coupled with the chance to make a significant impact on Seahawk Athletics, was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.

“I’m confident my experiences at past institutions will be a great fit for the opportunities we have before us at UNCW. I strive to succeed in everything I do and I look forward to what lies ahead. I look forward to meeting as many of the Seahawk faithful as soon as possible, and putting down roots in this beautiful city.”

Ransdell earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from Western Kentucky and completed his Master’s Degrees in Business Administration and Sports Administration from Ohio University.

Duncan joined the Seahawks in the spring of 2009 as Associate Athletic Director for Development and Executive Director of the Seahawk Club. He had served as Director of the M Club at the University of Memphis, where he helped the Tigers increase their revenue by 35 percent and membership by 40 percent over his first year. He also solicited major gifts from donors and former student-athletes, including the largest single gift ($1 million) for naming rights to the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Bowles, a former tennis standout at UNCW, returned to her alma mater as Assistant Director of Athletic Development in May of 2009. A native of Richmond, Bowles worked as VCU’s Director of Community Engagement program, “Lobs & Lessons.” While developing the youth and community outreach program, she was hired by Fortune 500 companies to produce and lead annual fundraising events involving recording artists and tennis champions such as James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Andre Agassi, Serena Williams, Andy Roddick, and James Blake.

Keen joined UNCW’s athletic staff as Assistant Director of Athletic Development in April of 2010. A native of Goldsboro, N.C., Keen worked on the development staff for East Carolina’s Education Foundation (Pirate Club) briefly before coming to the coast.

article courtesy UNCW Sports Information

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