Paine College made it official Friday morning announcing Tim Duncan as its new Athletic Director. Duncan signed a contract with Paine College and will officially start May 9, 2011.
“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to become the Director of Athletics at Paine College. The chance to work with President Bradley, a former college student-athlete, and to become the first non-coach Athletic Director, was the unique combination that intrigued Lisa and I to take advantage of this opportunity. I look forward to working with the coaches, faculty and staff to provide the best experience possible – academically, athletically and socially for our student athletes,” commented Duncan.
Tim Duncan, a fund-raising professional with a demonstrated track record in the public and private sectors, began his association with the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) program as Associate Athletic Director for Development and Executive Director of UNCW Student Aid Association (Seahawk Club) in the spring of 2009 and was appointed Associate Athletic Director for Major Gifts in January of 2011.
Dr. Rosemary DePaolo, Chancellor, UNC Wilmington, stated that Duncan would bring invaluable experience and tremendous pride to the athletics program at Paine. “He understands the fundamental importance of supporting student-athletes as they pursue their academic and athletic goals.”
Duncan previously served as Director of the M Club at the University of Memphis, where he helped the Tigers increase their revenue by 35 percent and membership by 40 percent during his first year. He also solicited major gifts from donors and former student-athletes, including the largest single gift ($1 million) for naming rights to the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.
In addition, he spearheaded the strategic planning, direction and management for the school's former letter winners. He was an integral part of UM's annual athletic fundraising and major gifts programs.
Dr. George C. Bradley, President of Paine College, commented that Duncan has a wealth of experience in fundraising and his athletic attributes as a former player will equip him to develop a successful program that will ensure the success for student athletes. “We believe that Tim will play a viable role in helping to move the Paine College Athletic program to the next level,” said Bradley.
Prior to Duncan’s appointment at Memphis, he was a managing partner in PRStore, a marketing firm in Memphis. He developed strategies for small business owners and managed store operations and personnel.
The Memphis native began his career path as a public relations coordinator for Russell Corporation in Midland, Ga., in 1996. He assisted in managing sponsorships for the National Football League, Major League Baseball and the NCAA, and coordinated various other promotional programs for two years.
From 1998-2003, Duncan worked as an assistant marketing manager and marketing manager at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in Winston-Salem, N.C. He assisted in managing the execution of a $70 million event marketing program initially and later managed the start-up of a $13 million program for one of the company's brands. He also coordinated 51 high-profile events for R.J. Reynolds, including NASCAR Winston Cup and NHRA Drag Racing.
In 2003, Duncan founded Infrared Marketing, LLC, to develop strategies for Fortune 500 companies who wanted to accomplish their marketing objectives.
Duncan is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) and the National Letterwinners Association (NLWA).
He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration at Memphis in 1992 and completed his Master of Science Degree in Sports Administration at Grambling State in 1997.
Duncan played four years on the Memphis men's basketball team and helped the Tigers and former coach Larry Finch reach the NCAA's Elite Eight during his senior year in 1992.
Duncan is married to the former Lisa Farris and they have three children, Tyson, Turner and Tatum.