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Pirate Club Announces Three Staff Additions


Nov. 21, 2013

GREENVILLE, N.C. – The East Carolina University Educational Foundation, commonly referred to as the Pirate Club, has announced the addition of three staff members to its fundraising team this fall.

Michael Ward, who earlier served the membership from 2004 to 2008, rejoins the organization in a leadership capacity as associate athletics director for development. In addition, Drew Moeller and Kyle Verber recently accepted assistant director positions with the Pirate Club.

Ward will be responsible for the oversight of athletics development initiatives and directives after serving the last five years as a major gifts officer for ECU’s Division of University Advancement. Before his move to Greenville in 2004, he was associate director of athletic development at Northern Illinois University beginning in 2001.

After accepting a similar position with the Pirate Club three years later, Ward played an integral role helping the department meet its annual fund goal of over $5 million while also assisting a membership drive that exceeded 12,500 at the time.

“It’s been an extraordinary privilege to serve East Carolina in a development capacity over the past 10 years, and I am grateful to Jeff Compher and J. Batt for giving me this opportunity,” Ward said. “I have learned in my years here at ECU that our donor base and alumni have an enormous affinity and passion and together we will strive to fulfill our mission to fully fund all athletic scholarships.”

Moeller accepted his new position at ECU after spending last year as an intern with the Wolfpack Club at North Carolina State University. He assisted with the organization’s annual fund and major gifts program, while also contributing efforts in the sale and transfer of lifetime seating rights to club members.  

Moeller is a 2011 graduate of Appalachian State University with a bachelor’s degree in advertising and a minor in marketing.

Verber, who earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Eastern Kentucky University in 2009 before following with a master’s in business administration from Kennesaw State University in 2010, arrived at ECU after serving as an operations assistant with the Army ‘A’ Club at the United States Military Academy.

He was part of a fundraising team at West Point that produced a 35 percent increase in donations and managed over 150 donor gift portfolios that netted $150,000.

“The Pirate Club staff is extremely pleased with the additions of Drew and Kyle,” Ward added. “Their level of professionalism and passion will enable us to grow our donor-base, while providing outstanding customer service to all Pirate Club members.”