MAILED: Sept. 6, 2000
An Eau Claire community athletics fund-raiser has been appointed to the position of development officer for athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Bill Rowlett, who most recently served as materials manager for A.J. Manufacturing in Bloomer, began Aug. 1 in the newly created position.
"Bill brings genuine enthusiasm for Blugold athletics and a record of successful volunteer fund-raising to this new position," said Jack Fistler, president of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. "He's the right person to help us garner the vital annual support for our athletic programs."
As development officer for athletics, Rowlett will plan and oversee all fund-raising and development activities related to UW-Eau Claire's athletics program, including annual giving and major gifts programs. He will organize and coordinate special alumni, donor and booster club activities and will enlist, train and coordinate volunteers to assist in fund-raising.
"We are all excited and pleased that a person with Bill's background and enthusiasm for Blugold athletics will be directing this pioneering effort in fund raising and development for our department," said Marilyn Skrivseth, director of athletics. "He understands athletics and the resources it will take to continue our tradition of excellence."
Over the years, Rowlett has directed or served on fund-raising campaigns that have raised a total of more than $4 million for various athletic organizations, including the Eau Claire YMCA, Carson Park's baseball stadium renovation, Eau Claire Cavaliers Baseball Association, and Lowes Creek Little League. Rowlett also has worked for Eau Claire Press Company and spent 26 years at Uniroyal-Goodrich Tire Company.
"I'm excited about what this position can do for the university, its alumni and supporters," Rowlett said. "The Blugold athletic programs have established a tradition of excellence over the years, second to none. The opportunity to establish a unified effort to support and insure the growth of Blugold athletics is an exciting and challenging one. I'm confident that we can generate the resources to do just that."
A UW-Eau Claire alumnus, Rowlett graduated in 1966 with a bachelor's degree in social science.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 8, 2000