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Mark Wharton was named an Associate Director of Athletics for the Nittany Lion Club in March of 2015 after serving nearly two years as Assistant Athletic Director. Wharton supervises the Nittany Lion Club, which has more than 22,000 members who provide financial support to Penn State Athletics and its 800-plus student-athletes.
Prior to joining Penn State, Wharton served as the Major Gifts Assistant Athletic Director at East Carolina University from 2006-2013 where he also served as Executive Director of the Pirate Club from 2006-2011.
Before his time at ECU, Wharton was the Associate Athletic Director of Development with the UNLV Rebel Athletic Fund from 2003-2006, while also spending time at UNC Asheville and James Madison University.
Wharton received his Bachelor of Science in Leisure Systems Studies from East Carolina University in 1993 where he then continued his education to receive a Masters of Science in at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 1995. Wharton currently resides in State College. He is married and has four children.