HARRISONBURG, Va. – The Duke Club, the fundraising arm of the James Madison University Athletics Department, has announced the addition of two new staff members as well as restructuring roles within the fundraising group, Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne announced today.
Dave Biancamano returns to JMU after spending the last two years at Rice University as Director of Development for the athletic department. At Rice, he was a major participant in their capital campaign, raising funds in support of $44M football facility upgrade and $9M tennis complex. This will be Biancamano's third term of duty with JMU Athletics, where he previously rose to the position of Assistant Athletic Director for Development.
As part of the restructuring, Brian Frerking will assume management of all major gifts fundraising and will have the title of Associate Athletic Director for Principle Relationships and Campaign Stewardship. His focus on the future will be in expanding private gift support from alumni and friends of the university. Biancamano will become Associate Athletic Director for Fundraising and External Development, providing oversight of the annual fund and daily development operations.
“To maintain the momentum of our development programs, I am pleased that Dave has accepted our offer to return to JMU,” Bourne said. “Dave has a great knowledge and passion for JMU and we are excited for his family’s return to the valley. I also personally look forward to working closely and directly with Brian in this regard as he and I will spend much of our collective time in the coming months and years in expanding our donor base. This will give us a great approach to increasing support for JMU Athletics.”
Additionally, Aaron Epstein joins the Duke Club as Assistant Director of Development, filling the role of Taylor Adkins. Epstein comes from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan where he was Coordinator of the Athletic Fund and VIP Programs.
These adjustments are in response to several members of the Duke Club staff moving on to other fundraising opportunities. In addition to Adkins, Director of Annual Gifts Brian Powell and Director of Major Gifts Kevin Weaver have also departed the organization.