Capital Campaigns in Focus: West Virginia University
Sept. 25, 2009
West Virginia has been working on a number of capital projects over the last several years with the primary focus being on the Milan Puskar Center, which is home to Mountaineer football. The renovations to the Puskar Center include the Donald J. Brohard Hall of Traditions, a modern academic center, and an expanded football locker room. This one of a kind structure is imperative to Mountaineer success on the field, in the classroom and on the recruiting trail. This facility will continue the storied West Virginia football tradition in which all members of the Mountaineer Family can be proud. The Puskar Capital campaign projects' total costs ended up being over $13.5 million dollars and was completely funded through private support.
West Virginia's current campaign for adding a Basketball Practice Facility for men's and women's basketball has already received approximately 75 percent of the $21 million dollar funding in just a year and a half. Utilized by the Mountaineer men's and women's programs, this revolutionary facility will help showcase Mountaineer Basketball and provide the necessary practice, strength and conditioning, sports medicine, team meeting, video and locker room facilities all necessary to compete at the highest levels. All major gifts of $10,000 and above will be recognized with naming opportunities within the facility.
Niles Eggleston and the rest of the West Virginia development staff are continuing to work towards finding all pledges necessary to begin construction of the new Basketball Practice Facility project.
About Niles Eggleston: Eggleston came to West Virginia in October 2006, as director of development for athletics and was promoted to senior director of development for athletics in August 2007. During his tenure in Morgantown, Eggleston has worked with all facets of the Mountaineer Athletic Club, including major gifts, the annual fund and premium seating. As executive director of the MAC, Eggleston is the unit’s lead fundraiser.
The focus of the Mountaineer Athletic Club is to raise funds for student-athlete scholarships. However, since offsetting their scholarship bill through their annual fund efforts, West Virginia has been able to focus on other projects. Eggleston and the development staff have also raised funds to support West Virginia's coaches recruiting efforts with the 1100 Club for Football and the Legacy Fund for basketball.
Eggleston credits West Virginia's success "as a result of having the best fans and alumni in the country." He goes on to pay homage to WVU Athletic Director, Ed Pastilong, and his predecessors Whit Babcock and Larry Aschebrook. He states, "They laid the foundation for success, we are simply able to capitalize on the work that has been done before we arrived."
Before his tenure at West Virginia, Eggleston was the associate vice president for major gifts at Elmira (N.Y.) College. Prior to Elmira, he was assistant athletic director for development at James Madison, focusing on major gifts to capital projects, endowments and major annual donations. He was part of a $10 million Building for Success Campaign to raise funds for JMU’s Athletic Performance Center.
Eggleston also served as director of the Hurricane Club at Miami, overseeing the annual fund for athletics. He received his bachelor’s degree from Colorado in 1998 and a master’s degree from North Carolina State in 2003, where he served as a graduate assistant with the Wolfpack Club. While at North Carolina State, Eggleston worked with NAADD Past President Bobby Purcell. "Working with the Wolfpack was the best possible experience I could have had. It gave me a passion for this profession and introduced me to some of the best and most talented people in the industry," stated Eggleston.
Eggleston and his wife, Meghan, reside in Morgantown and have two sons, Bowman and Grady. He considers NAADD vital to his career, stating "my best friends are my colleagues across the country. We all experience the same challenges and recognize the same successes. The camaraderie, mentoring and friendships have meant everything to me professionally."