March 29, 2012
RENO, Nev. - Robyn Sharp has been named the director of development for athletics, University of Nevada Director of Athletics Cary Groth and Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations John Carothers announced Thursday.
Sharp brings over 26 years of experience to the University of Nevada, working in NCAA Division I athletics and at a small business start-up. She most recently spent four years as the executive director of the City Club of Central Oregon, a start-up organization dedicated to community engagement.
She worked for the Oregon State University Foundation as the director of development for the Cascades Campus from 2003-06, handling the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors. She also supported Oregon State's athletics funding efforts in central Oregon and helped host the 2005 NCAA Women's Golf Championship at Sunriver. She also spent four years as the assistant executive director at the Oregon School Activities Association.
Prior to that, Sharp spent 12 years working in college athletics. She served as the associate athletics director for student-athlete services and senior woman administrator at Oregon State from 1994-97 and spent three years at the Big Eight Conference office from 1991-94, moving from administrative assistant to director of championships/senior woman administrator and then assistant commissioner.
Sharp started her career as an assistant basketball coach at Oregon State, her alma mater, from 1985-90. She was a four-year starter for the Beaver women's basketball team from 1979-83 and earned her bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in marketing and a minor in behavioral science from Oregon State in 1984.
"We are very excited to have Robyn join our development staff," Groth said. "She brings a great deal of experience in college athletics and higher education as a student-athlete, coach, development officer and administrator, and that experience will serve her well at the University of Nevada."
"We are pleased to have Robyn Sharp as our new director of development for athletics. Robyn comes to us with a background in athletics having been a member of the Oregon State women's basketball team and an athletics administrator at her alma mater," Carothers said. "Besides having been a student-athlete herself, which we view as a plus for our program, Robyn has worked in the field of development, raising private funds for Oregon State University and its Foundation."
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