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Mark Urick - Major Gifts



Mark Urick enters his second year with the  Northern Arizona Athletics Department as the Director of Development for Major Gifts.

Urick came to NAU with 15 years of experience working in intercollegiate athletics experience.

Urick spent the previous three years at the University of Delaware, serving as the Associate Director of Athletic Development for two years and last year as the Acting Director of Development for Athletics. In his most recent role Urick managed a portfolio of prospects for the purpose of soliciting increased annual contributions and major gifts, developed an overall strategic plan for fiscal year 2013, and supervised an athletic development staff of four.

During his time at Delaware Urick gained an increase of 20% in annual gifts, an increase of 10% in membership, and an increase in overall funding from $2.89 million to $3.69 million. He developed and managed all aspects of annual giving and the department's membership program including renewals, online giving, direct mail, electronic media and telemarketing.

Prior to joining the athletic development staff at Delaware Urick served for three years as the Director of Annual Giving at the University of Nevada, precipitating an increase of more than $100,000 in annual gifts and achieving record highs in annual football and basketball support as well as basketball season ticket sales.

Urick has additional past intercollegiate athletic experience as the Assistant Director of the Bronco Athletic Association at Boise State University, the Assistant Development Officer for the Sun Angel Foundation at Arizona State University, and as an Operations and Facilities Assistant at Boston College University.

Urick earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Iowa in 1996 and became a Microsoft Certified technology Specialist (MCTS) with Centriq Training in 2009. He and his wife Jordan have two sons, Sebastian and Spencer.




Ryan Weigand enters his second year with the Northern Arizona Athletics Department as a Director of Development - Annual Giving.

In Weigand's first year with NAU, he managed to garner 100 percent donor participation from the athletics staff - one of a few universities in the country that accomplished the feat. Weigand came to NAU from Long Beach State, where he had served as the Coordinator for the 49er Athletic Club since July 2010.

With Long Beach State Weigand collaborated with the Assistant Athletics Director of Development and Senior Associate Athletics Directors of External Affairs to raise annual contributions in support of scholarship and operational needs for 19 NCAA teams. He was a member of the staff that increased annual fund revenue by 15%, membership by 21%, and Athletic Club member gifts by 42% during the 2012 fiscal year. He also created the Young 49er Club, served as a staff liaison to the Office of Gift Planning and the 49er Athletic Club Advisory Board, and managed a portfolio of 150 prospects.

Weigand graduated from the University of Virginia in 2008 with a degree in psychology. He was a punter and two-year letter winner for the Virginia football team, earning 2nd team All-ACC honors after his senior season.