Milne named assistant athletic director for annual giving

June 09, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State today (June 9) announced the appointment of Spencer Milne as assistant athletic director for annual giving. Milne brings a demonstrated record of strategic customer service, ticketing and marketing success to the Nittany Lions’ comprehensive and successful program.

“My family and I are very excited to join the Penn State community,” Milne stated. “We have known for some time what a special place Happy Valley is and are more than impressed with the Nittany Lion Club team. This is a fantastic opportunity to make something that is already great even better. I can’t wait to get started.”

“We’re excited to have Spencer join the Intercollegiate Athletics Advancement team,” stated Joe Foley, senior associate athletic director for advancement.  “His professional background, accomplishments and expertise make him an ideal fit to provide Nittany Lion Club donors with great service, while securing the critical resources needed to ensure our student-athletes’ success.” 

At Penn State, Milne will oversee Intercollegiate Athletics’ annual giving efforts. Among his responsibilities will be ensuring lifelong, annual support from Penn State alumni, parents, and fans while maximizing their philanthropy in support of Nittany Lion student-athletes. These duties will include oversight of the Nittany Lion Club, which secures annual support from more than 22,000 donors each year, and is one of the largest organizations of its kind in the nation.

Milne is joining the Nittany Lions’ staff after serving in external roles at the College of William & Mary for the past 11 years. Milne will begin his duties at Penn State on June 20.

For the past four years, Milne has been the assistant athletic director for marketing, promotions and ticket services at William & Mary. In addition to his duties related to strategic customer service, ticketing and marketing, Milne has supervised the cheerleading and dance teams, pep band, mascot and student fan club spirit programs and has directed the expansion of game day experience and customer service staffing.

From Haymarket, Virginia, Milne joined the William & Mary staff in 2006 as director of ticket operations and was promoted to director of marketing, promotions and ticket services in 2010.

Prior to his tenure at William & Mary, Milne served in ticket operations at Florida Atlantic University and Wake Forest University. His first ticketing position came while he was a graduate student at Ohio University, serving as the interim director of ticket operations in 2003-04 while working on his master’s degree in sport administration.

Milne has earned three degrees from Ohio University. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sport industry, with a minor in business administration. He also earned a master’s in business administration and a master’s in sport administration from Ohio.

Milne and his wife, Lisa, have two children, Liam and Charlotte.

Last Updated June 09, 2017