CHARLESTON, S.C. – The College of Charleston Department of Athletics has named Michele Wolfert as the new Executive Director of the Cougar Club.
Wolfert comes to Charleston with years of experience in fundraising and development, both in collegiate athletics and in educational institutions.
“We are thrilled to welcome Michele Wolfert to the Cougar Club as Executive Director,” Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs Steve Stroud said. “Her combination of high-level leadership, both within Athletic Development offices and other non-profits, should serve our membership well and lead to additional scholarship and sport-specific giving. I am confident that our donors will love working with her.”
She most recently worked at the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership as the Director of Special Events and Development. While there, she was responsible for soliciting gifts to the Annual Fund as well as Corporate Sponsorships for special events. Prior to that position, she was the Director of Annual Giving at Forsyth Country Day School just outside of Winston Salem, N.C.
Wolfert began her career back with Georgia Tech Athletics back in 1990. She started as the assistant Director of Marketing and Promotions and then quickly became the Director of Development from 1992-96. She was responsible for the 3.5 million dollar annual giving program as she solicited gifts for the annual fund and capital projects, developed the annual report and managed fulfillment at all giving levels.
After a year of working in corporate sales for the Liberty Bowl, Wolfert transitioned to Virginia Tech where she was the Coordinator of Premium Seat Sales.
“I am so honored to be named as the new Executive Director of the Cougar Club,” Wolfert said. “We are embarking on an exciting time with many new endeavors. I’m so proud to be a part of this team and I’m looking forward to working with all of the various members of the College of Charleston community.”
Wolfert will be heading the Cougar Club staff as it continues to grow with new fundraising initiatives and the excitement of a new conference footprint in the Colonial Athletic Association.
She earned her master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University in 1990, after receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1989.