Associate AD - Major Gifts


Brian Thornburg joined the Terrapin Club staff as the Associate Athletics Director for Major Gifts in March 2016. In his role, Brian oversees the major gift program and helps implement strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospects and donors.  He also serves as the fundraising liaison for men's lacrosse and men’s and women’s golf. 

Prior to Maryland, Brian most recently worked at Penn State University where he served as the Director of Major Gifts for the Nittany Lion Club (2013-2016).  Before Penn State, he served as the Assistant Director of Development for Intercollegiate Athletics and the Associate Director of Development for Intercollegiate Athletics, respectively, for the Virginia Tech Athletic Fund, Inc. (2002-2013).  Prior to Virginia Tech, Brian served as the Intern for Annual Giving for the NC State Student Aid Association/Wolfpack Club (2001-2002).    

Brian is a 1999 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Advertising from the School of Media and Journalism, with a minor in Public Policy Analysis.  In 2001, he received his Masters of Education in Sport Management from the University of Georgia.  Brian is a member of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD).  A native of Icard, NC, Brian resides in Washington, DC. 

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