November 16, 2004


Mike Morrison Joins Rhode Island College Staff as Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Development


Providence, RI—Rhode Island College has named Mike Morrison the Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Development. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of the department’s development initiatives including fundraising and marketing activities.


“I am very excited about joining the Rhode Island College athletic department,” Morrison says. “I am looking forward to working with RIC Athletic Director Don Tencher and Anchor Club Executive Director Art Pontarelli and hope to continue the success that they’ve had over the past five years.”


RIC Athletic Director Don Tencher says, “We are extremely glad to have Mike Morrison joining our athletic family. Mike brings successful experience, energy, and a strong work ethic to the fundraising side of our house. I am confident that Mike’s efforts will result in positive results that will benefit the athletic program, our student-athletes and our alumni.”


Prior to joining the RIC staff, Morrison served as the Assistant Director of the University of New Mexico’s Lobo Club. He oversaw the Hotel Program, The Gift-In-Kind Program and was part of a development team that raised over $3 million dollars of funding from alumni dollars and gifts from various businesses. Morrison was also responsible for writing various Lobo Club publications including the Inside the Pack quarterly newsletter and Lobo Tracks, an e-newsletter sent to the entire UNM constituency.


Prior to joining the Lobos, Morrison served as an Athletic Development Intern at Boston College in 2002-03. He was responsible for building strong relationships with prospects, donors, and volunteers, while providing customer service to a group of 4,500 people who provided the BC Athletic department with nearly $7 million in financial support.


Morrison’s career in athletics began at the University of Connecticut as an Athletic Development Assistant from 1996-2002. While at UConn, he was part of a staff that raised $10 million for consecutive years. He was also responsible for assisting and executing donor trips, providing customer support to donors, and being heavily involved in all aspects of fundraising maintenance in the development office.


He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in sport management from the University of Connecticut in 2000 and 2002, respectively. A native of Putnam, Connecticut, he resides in Pawcatuck, Connecticut with his wife Nicole.