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Mark Urick - Major Gifts



Mark Urick enters his fourth 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.






Derek Petruskevich joined Northern Arizona University Athletics and the Lumberjack Athletic Association in June of 2016 as the Director of Development for Annual Giving.

Before arriving in Flagstaff, Petruskevich spent his previous year and a half at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. While with the Bobcats, he served as the Assistant Director of Development for the Bobcat Club. In this role, he managed a variety of fundraising programs and donor game day experiences for the Texas State Athletics Department. Those programs included the Student Bobcat Club, Recent Grads Program, Gift-in-Kind Program and donor parking lots, among others.

Under Petruskevich’s management, both the Student Bobcat Club and Recent Grads Programs were re-conceptualized and saw tremendous growth. The Student Bobcat Club grew from 9 members in 2014 to nearly 600 members in 2015. The Recent Grads programs also saw 96% growth during the same period. In a team effort, the Bobcat Club set new records for membership (1,820) and annual fund donation dollars ($1.3M).

Petruskevich earned a Bachelor of Science in Sports Sciences from the Ohio University College of Business in 2014. He is a native of Columbus, Ohio and resides in Flagstaff with his husky, Zara.