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Wissing Named Senior Associate Athletics Director For External Affairs At Furman

Furman Athletics Director Mike Buddie
Furman Athletics Director Mike Buddie

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman University vice president for development Mike Gatchell and director of athletics Mike Buddie have announced the hiring of Erin Wissing as senior associate athletics director for external affairs.

"It is truly an honor to join the team at Furman," said Wissing.  "The rich tradition and strong leadership here are among the many things that attracted me to the institution and have me eager to get started. I would like to thank Mike Gatchell, Mike Buddie, and the search committee for this opportunity and look forward to serving Furman in this role."

Wissing comes to Furman following five years at Kennesaw State University, where she served as director of athletics development for three years before being promoted to assistant athletics director for development in June of 2015.

In her new position at Furman she will play a key role in the vision and oversight of athletics fundraising, marketing, operations and facilities, development, sports information, and video.

"We're very excited to add Erin to our development team," said Gatchell.  "She understands and embraces the challenges of building donor bases of all levels, and her varied experiences in raising money for athletics and her familiarity with private universities make her a great fit for helping us reach new heights in building support for Furman Athletics."

Said Buddie on Wissing's addition to Paladin Athletics, "We are thrilled to have Erin and her family join our team.  She will be a great fit within our department and the Furman community, and I look forward to working with her to grow the Furman fan base."

At Kennesaw State, Wissing served in multiple leadership and strategic planning capacities spanning a wide range of the athletics spectrum, including fundraising, communications, corporate sales, development, graphic design, ticketing, and video.  She played a central role in the establishment of the Owls Fund, the university's first annual fund for athletics, growing the donor base to over 1,200 and donations from $15,000 to over $1.08 million over the last five years. 

In addition to directing all efforts in the athletics development office, including major gifts, capital projects, and the annual fund, she was instrumental in the planning and implementation of the university's football priority seating program, establishment of the Varsity Club to re-engage former student-athletes, and creation of The Black & Gold, Kennesaw State's official athletics student organization.  She also participated in the head coach hiring process for several sports and served on numerous committees.

A 2010 cum laude graduate of Wake Forest with a B.A. degree in communications, Wissing began her professional career as Deacon Club intern before accepting a position as assistant director of athletic development at Wake Forest in August of 2010. Less than two years later she moved on to Kennesaw State as director of athletics development.

As an undergraduate she served internships with ISP Sports (now IMG College) in Winston-Salem, N.C., Octagon, Inc., in McLean, Va., Fox Sports Network in Los Angeles, Calif., and WCAV-TV in Charlottesville, Va.

She and her husband, Geoff, have a son, Ford (1).

Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information