Nov. 6, 2009
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
The offices of University Development and Intercollegiate Athletics are pleased to announce the appointment of John Nitardy as the Director of Major Gifts and Annual Giving for the Nittany Lion Club. Nitardy assumes his role, effective immediately, after serving in this capacity on an interim basis since April. The announcement of Nitardy's new post comes simultaneously with the addition of other assignments within the department responsible for athletics' fundraising.
"John knows what it takes to successfully fundraise for athletics at the major college level," stated Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley. "And today more than ever, there can be a very direct correlation between fundraising success and winning championships. We want Penn State student-athletes to experience winning championships."
This position carries several new responsibilities, and will continue reporting to Ken Cutler, Director of Development for the Nittany Lion Club. Nitardy, who came to Penn State in 2006, will now not only oversee the Annual Fund for Athletics, previously handled by the Executive Director of the Nittany Lion Club, but also continues in his role of managing the department's Major Gifts efforts.
Additionally, in an effort to more effectively and efficiently communicate and serve the Nittany Lion Club's nationwide membership, Cutler will now have a reporting line to Greg Myford, Associate Athletic Director for External Relations & Communications. Nitardy, Cutler and Myford will focus on bringing increased visibility, outreach and donor services to the Nittany Lion Club, which now houses all aspects of athletics' fundraising, including the Annual Fund, Major Gifts and Beaver Stadium Suite & Club Seating.
"John has proven himself as a very productive member of our team since arriving at Penn State," offered Cutler. "His experience and success elsewhere, coupled with what he's doing here, puts our task of growing the Annual Fund and Major Gifts areas in very good hands."
Nitardy brings over 27 years of athletic fundraising and marketing experience to this position, including his most recent post as Senior Director of Development for Athletics at West Virginia University. Prior to West Virginia, he served as the Associate Athletic Director for Development at the University of Massachusetts, where he oversaw both the annual fund and major gift efforts.
Nitardy earned his undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina, where he captained the varsity soccer team, and he holds a Master of Sports Administration and Facility Management from Ohio University. Nitardy resides in State College with his wife, Laurie, and two boys, Tucker (11) and Mason (9).