JMU's Duke Club Announces Organizational Restructuring
Back to Duke Club
HARRISONBURG, Va. - James Madison University's Duke Club, the sole fundraising arm of the Department of Athletics, has undergone an organizational restructuring, announced today.
The Duke Club has undergone recent transitions in personnel over the summer. In July, Brian Frerking took over as Associate Athletic Director for Development, filling the position left by David Biancamano's departure for a similar position at Rice University. Frerking oversees all fundraising efforts and strategies for the Duke Club and serves on the leadership team for JMU athletics. Frerking will also serve as the Duke Club staff liaison for the Shenandoah Valley Chapter.
To maximize the efforts of the Duke Club, Brian Powell has been promoted to Director of the Annual Fund, filling the void left by Jeff Hill's resignation in August from his position as Executive Director of Outreach to pursue other opportunities in Harrisonburg. In this newly appointed position, Powell will lead the annual fund team to increase Duke Club membership and contributions on an annual basis. Powell will continue to serve as staff liaison to the Northern Valley, Northern Virginia, Metro DC, the Mid-Atlantic states and Roanoke chapters.
Taylor Adkins, Assistant Director of the Annual Fund, will assist Powell with all annual fund objectives as well as oversee the Graduate Duke Club and be the liaison for the Student Duke Club. Adkins will serve as the staff liaison to the Richmond, Peninsula, Hampton Roads and Fredericksburg chapters.
"With the loss of two staff members from the Duke Club in a short period of time, we decided to use this opportunity to restructure the development staff to address the current and future needs of JMU athletics," Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne said.
"Brian and Taylor bring incredible work-ethic and professionalism to our annual membership initiatives," Frerking stated. "The membership of the Duke Club has increased so dramatically in the last few years that we needed to redefine our organization to be able to effectively and efficiently plan, implement and execute our membership strategies."