University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chancellor Dr. Steven Angle announced Mark Wharton as the Mocs' new Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Tuesday.
A 22-year veteran of college athletics, Wharton spent the last four years as the Associate Athletics Director for Development at Penn State University.
There he was a member of the Nittany Lions Senior Management Team, overseeing all aspects of Athletics Development.
"I am extremely excited that Mark and his family are joining the Chattanooga community," stated Dr. Angle. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and experiences in collegiate athletics administration to our University, and his expertise in fund-raising fits perfectly with the needs of our athletics program."
During his tenure at Penn State, Wharton was a member of the Executive Committee for the Departmental Strategic Plan, the Facilities Master Plan Committee, Communications Committee and developed revenue generations plans for the Athletics Department leadership team.
Prior to joining Penn State, Wharton was the Assistant Athletics Director/Executive Director of the East Carolina University (ECU) Educational Foundation (Pirate Club) from 2006-13.
There he helped grow the Pirate Club into one of the strongest mid-major booster groups in the country now totaling more than 17,000 members.
From 2004 to 2006, Wharton was the Associate Athletic Director for Development at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His implementation of a new annual giving campaign in 2004, entitled the "The Representative Program," increased annual giving nearly 22 percent and resulted in a 15 percent climb in Rebel Athletic Fund donors.
Prior to his stint at UNLV, Wharton spent 13 years in full-time development, ticketing or marketing roles in upper administration positions at UNC-Asheville (2003-04), James Madison (2000-03) and East Carolina (1996-00). He was also a front office member of the Kinston Indians Baseball Club from 1991 to 1994.
Mark and his wife Angela Riggins Wharton have four children, Hannah, Taylor, Thomas and Allison.
A press conference introducing Wharton is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) in the Chattanooga Room in the University Center.