Feb. 17, 2014
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State Athletics Director Vic Cegles has announced that Wayne Stickney has been hired as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Major Gifts and Resource Acquisition.
Stickney, following a long history with Long Beach State, departed to serve as the Associate Athletics Director at New Mexico State in 2010. While working with the Aggies, Stickney was instrumental in implementing a major gifts program, which resulted in the second and third largest gifts to New Mexico State athletics in the program's history.
While in Las Cruces, Stickney also created two VIP in-groups to help raise funds, and managed a four-person staff charged with the school's annual fund.
His time at New Mexico State was preceded by a lengthy history at Long Beach State. A student-athlete under Andy Sythe in the Track and Field program, Stickney also served as the president of ASI as a student, helping push and pass the Beach Pride Referendum, a program that raised over a $1 million dollars annually to support 49er athletics.
"We are excited to have Wayne back at the Beach," said Cegles. "As a former student-athlete and ASI president, he has great loyalty and knowledge about the university. Wayne will play a major role in raising much needed capital gifts to improve facilities and scholarship endowments here at Long Beach State."
Following his graduation in 2002, Stickney took a position within the university, working for five years as the Director of Campus Scholarships and Development. He was promoted to the Coordinator of Athletic Development in 2007, where he created the Student-Athlete Phone-A-Thon.
In addition to earning his bachelor's degree at Long Beach State, Stickney completed a Master's degree in Counseling at CSULB, and is on track to finish a doctorate in Organizational Leadership in June of this year.
"It's an honor to rejoin the Beach family," said Stickney. "I want to thank Vic Cegles for giving me this opportunity. Long Beach State is built on a tradition of excellence and I look forward to working with our alumni and fans to help our student-athletes win championships and earn diplomas. This is definitely a dream come true."
Stickney will be charged with fundraising and support for capital projects as well as student-athlete scholarships and endowment. Long Beach State is currently working on a number of capital projects, including major improvements to the Jack Rose Track, renovations to Blair Field, kickstarted by a $1 million dollar donation by Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, and the creation of locker room facilities for Long Beach State's on-campus outdoor sports.
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