Craig Fink is in his sixth year at UNCG in 2016-17. He currently serves as the senior associate athletics director for advancement and business. He is tasked with raising money for the UNCG athletic department through private contributions and oversees all of the department’s fundraising activities, as well as the department’s business office and all financial operations.
In 2015-16, the Spartan Club exceeded its annual scholarship fund for the fifth straight year. The 2015-16 athletic scholarship fund goal was $425,000 and the Spartan Club eclipsed that mark by raising a total of $425,329, an all-time high. Over the past five years, the Spartan Club has raised more cash and gifts in kind than any other five-year period in the program's history.
In addition, the Spartan Club and the Student-Athlete Advisory Council coordinated the True Spartan Challenge, a student-athlete giving campaign that saw 100 percent of UNCG student-athletes make a gift back to their team enrichment funds for the third consecutive year.
UNCG Athletics also received a historic gift during the 2015-16 fiscal year. Dr. Nancy Vacc, a former UNCG professor, made a planned gift in the amount of $725,000 to establish the Vacc Women’s Golf Scholarship Endowment for the women’s golf program. As the second largest overall gift and the largest planned gift ever received by UNCG Athletics, the Vacc Women’s Golf Endowment will provide the value of a full out of state scholarship for Women’s Golf on an annual basis.
In 2014-15, the Spartan Club surpassed its annual scholarship fund goal and set a new record for the fund for the fourth consecutive year. Overall the Spartan Club raised $630,853 in cash and gifts in kind, which is a 9.2% increase over the previous year's total and marks the second highest total ever raised, and the most since 1993.
Fink comes to UNCG after five years at Eastern Michigan University, the last four of which were spent as the associate athletics director for development and executive director of the EMU Athletic Club. At EMU, Fink directed the athletic fundraising operation through the most successful four-year stretch in school history, breaking the record for single-year cash and gifts-in-kind two years in a row. He was also instrumental in helping secure the first $1 million gift commitment in EMU’s athletic history – and at the time one of just 10 in university history. Fink also led fundraising efforts for several six-figure facility projects at EMU.
Prior to his work at EMU, Fink spent five years at the Brown University Sports Foundation. After four years there as the associate director, he was elevated to interim executive director and then senior associate director. Fink’s work at Brown saw him personally soliciting gifts of five and six figures, as well as being part of the senior management team that put together a strategy to raise $125 million for athletics as part of the $1.4 billion Boldly Brown: Campaign for Academic Enrichment.
Before a brief stint as a sales manager at zUniversity, a university-branded affinity marketing company, Fink spent four years (1996-2000) working at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He served in several roles there, the last of which was as manager of events and group programs, and developed strategies for and managed all marketing-driven special events, including Enshrinement Weekend. He was a public relations supervisor for the Hall in the early part of his tenure.
Fink got his start in collegiate athletics working in the sports information department at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. After a year as an assistant director, he was promoted to director and also served as an assistant baseball coach.
Fink earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management from the University of Massachusetts in 1994 and a professional master’s in business administration from UMass in 2000.
Craig and his wife Kim live in Greensboro with their two sons Jack (15) and Alex (13).
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