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UNCW announces new executive director of the Seahawk Club

Derek W. Denton (Source: UNCW) Derek W. Denton (Source: UNCW)

UNCW has named Derek W. Denton as development director for athletics. In this role, Denton will also serve as executive director of the UNCW Student Aid Association, commonly known as the Seahawk Club.

“Derek’s expertise in athletics fundraising focuses on several key areas for UNCW, such as building alumni chapters and student clubs while also generating significant private support for scholarship endowments and capital projects,” said Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli. “Our athletics program continues to achieve great success in competition and our student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom. Under Derek’s leadership, we’re eager to create new connections with Seahawk fans and friends of the university to capitalize on our program’s momentum.”

Denton will begin his new role at UNCW on August 22. He previously served as assistant director of development for the LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation since July 2010. At LSU, Denton focused on major gift development, raising more than $8.3 million for LSU's scholarship endowments and capital projects.

Denton also served as assistant director of the East Carolina University Educational Foundation where he managed 16 Pirate Club chapters as well as the ECU Student Pirate Club.

“I am excited about the opportunity to join the Seahawk family,” Denton said. “I respect the commitment and dedication that UNCW student-athletes and coaches bring to their teams, and I look forward to working with Chancellor Sartarelli, Eddie Stuart and Jimmy Bass to increase philanthropic support and the fan base for UNCW Athletics.”

Denton replaces Rob Aycock who submitted his resignation to the university on January 20. Aycock's departure was part of a shakeup at UNCW to try and boost fundraising efforts at the university.

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