Times West Virginian
Chad Fowler has been named the assistant athletic director for development at Fairmont State University, Director of Athletics Tim McNeely announced Wednesday.
This newly created position is responsible for developing and implementing the strategy for and managing all advancement and development activities for the Department of Athletics, including serving as liaison to the Fairmont State Athletic Association (FSAA) and to the Fairmont State Foundation for athletics-related fundraising plans and concerns. Fowler will begin his duties at FSU on July 1.
“Chad is a great addition to our staff at Fairmont State,” McNeely said. “He understands athletics and is passionate about it, and he combines that with a great business and financial sense. There are a lot of opportunities for Chad to make a direct and immediate impact here, and I have no doubt that he will be successful.
“This is a very important position for us at FSU,” McNeely continued. “Private funds are paramount in helping us take the department of athletics to new heights. We are very fortunate to have the support of Dr. (Maria) Rose (FSU president) and the board of governors in launching this position, and to have someone like Chad in this role.”
Fowler comes to Fairmont State after spending the last decade in pharmaceutical sales. He most recently was a senior customer sales representative at Merck, consistently ranking among the top 20 percent in the country and garnering top rankings within his district in Charlotte, N.C. Prior to that, he spent three years as a territory sales manager for Mylan Bertek in Charlotte garnering numerous sales awards and recognition during that time.
Fowler began his professional career in 1996 with the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets. He spent two years as an assistant director for community relations where he helped service programs and charity fundraisers in conjunction with area organizations. He also helped in implementing the largest “Stay In School” program in the NBA with more than 58,000 middle school students.
He then moved on to become a sponsor services manager with the Hornets for four years. He was responsible for managing sponsorship contracts in excess of $3 million and sold promotional concepts to clients. He was in charge of creating sponsorship proposals, directed in-store promotional items and managed several special events for the organization.
“I’m delighted and honored to be working at Fairmont State University,” Fowler said. “This is an opportunity of a lifetime. Not only do I get to work for an outstanding university, but I get to do so in my home state. Although this will be a challenge, it’s a challenge I look forward to and welcome.
“I’m excited about the vision Dr. Rose and Tim McNeely have for Fairmont State University athletics. I’ll be working with them to help fulfill that vision.”
A Bridgeport native, Fowler is a 1994 graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in sports management.