Chris Jones, who served as the Interim Senior Associate AD for Athletics Development since September 2020, has been named Senior Associate AD/Assistant Vice President for Development on April 1, 2021.
Jones joined the Temple staff in October 2018 as an Assistant AD for Major Gifts. In his role, he devised development strategies and was responsible for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gifts of $50,000 and up and leadership annual gifts. Since his arrival, Jones has been a member of a team that has broken a fundraising record each year including a 58% increase in gifts of the top three annual levels $10,000, $25,000 and $50,000+. Jones also created and implemented a major gift strategy for the department that included opportunities for basketball locker naming opportunities and strength and nutrition stations for all sports.
Prior to joining Temple Athletics, Jones served two years (2016-18) as Director of Development for Athletics at Clarion University where he oversaw all athletics fundraising. During his time at Clarion, he secured the second largest gift in the history of the department of athletics. Additionally, over $800,000 in scholarships and $300,000 in pledges were secured in his time there.
From 2014-2016, Jones worked at Lincoln University (MO) where he served as the Executive Director of the Blue Tiger Athletics Club which he built from the ground up. Jones doubled the membership in a year and quadrupled social media interactions. He was part of a team that was responsible for the highest fundraising total in the history of the University.
Before his time at Lincoln, Jones spent three years at North Carolina Central University, first as Development Associate and then Development Coordinator. His primary responsibilities included managing the day to day operations of the Eagle Club and securing corporate sponsorships.
A native of Goldsboro, N.C., Jones earned his bachelor's degree in Physical Education and his master's degree in Athletic Administration from North Carolina Central University. Jones is currently pursuing his doctorate in Higher Education from Temple University. Jones is also a proud alumnus of the Learfield/IMG College Minority Academy (2019), Dr. Charles Whitcomb Leadership Institute, formally known as the NCAA Leadership Institute (2018) and an active member of several professional organizations including National Association of Athletics Development Directors (NAADD), Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) and Council for the Support of Education (CASE). Jones was a 2016 recipient of the 40 Under 40 award from his alma mater.
Jones and his wife, Cassandra, reside in Philadelphia, Pa.
David C. Leach, who has over thirty years’ experience in athletic administration, joined the Temple Athletics staff as an Associate Director of Athletics Development in June 2021. In addition to his role with Temple Athletics, he is currently an adjunct instructor in Temple University’s School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management and does athletics/recreation consulting work.
Leach was most recently the Director of Athletics at Bryn Athyn College (2019-2020), where he was charged with oversight of 13 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Additionally, he served as the administrative point on the budget, fundraising, athletic admissions and varsity facility scheduling and operation.
Preceding his time at Bryn Athyn, Leach served as Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Recreation and Wellness at the University of Pennsylvania (2017-2019). At Penn, Leach instituted the Recreation Advisory Committee, sat on the Healthy Penn Partners committee and served on the Student Engagement Working Group. He oversaw a $10M budget and led a staff of 21 full-time professionals and over 250 part-time employees. Two successful capital projects were completed during his tenure — a renovated Multi-Purpose area with cardio and functional fitness areas; and a $2M air-handling renovation, featuring the addition of air conditioning to Gimbel Gymnasium.
Prior to arriving at Penn, Leach served eleven years at Princeton University as Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Campus Recreation (2006-2017). He served as the primary administrator — managing programming, staff and coaches, facilities, and budgets associated with Campus Recreation. Leach sat on the Faculty Advisory Committee on Athletics, the “Healthier Princeton Advisory Board” – which integrates the work of various departments into a concerted effort to address the health and well-being needs of the Princeton University community, and the University’s Yoga Council. He chaired the Intramural Working Group and the Sport Club Policy Review Committee. He created the Committee on Campus Recreation and served as its chair. A capstone achievement was a $17M renovation of the A Level of Dillon Gymnasium — which yielded improved access, new locker rooms, family/single-use changing/shower areas, and team rooms for the varsity volleyball and sport club programs.
Before his time at Princeton, Leach was Assistant Athletic Director/Director of Recreation at Saint Joseph's University (1995-2006). He oversaw recreation, which included a comprehensive intramural program, the University’s sports clubs, instructional programming, outdoor recreation, Sports Complex facilities, and varsity game/event operations. Leach was a member of the Saint Joseph’s University Alcohol Task Force, the University Safety Committee, and served as advisor to the Hand-in-Hand student service organization.
Leach began his professional career at Temple University (1991-1995), where he worked in both the Athletics and Recreation Services Departments. While at Temple, he instituted a Sportsmanship Rating System for intramural participants (which is still in use).
Leach currently serves as a Director-at-Large on the Temple University School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management Alumni Association Board. He previously served two terms as a member of the Board of Directors for the Princeton YMCA, most recently chairing the Property Subcommittee as a member of the Executive Committee. Additionally, Leach has also coached and done work in municipal parks and recreation.
Leach holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (1990) and a Master's Degree in Education (1993), both from Temple University; and attended the Penn Athletics Wharton Leadership Academy (2017). While at Princeton, he was a Mathey College Fellow and was later made an Honorary Member of Princeton University’s Class of 2017. Leach has been a community volunteer on the Parks and Recreation Board in Yardley, PA where he lives with his wife and three children.
Rob Silk, who joined the Owl Club staff as the Assistant Director of Development in January 2020, was promoted to Associate Director in June 2021.
Silk is responsible for soliciting and securing leadership level annual gifts to support the mission of the University and Athletics Department.
A longtime supporter of Temple, Silk served as chair of the Owl Club Legends Society and a member of the Acres of Diamonds Gala Committee. He has 30 years of workforce experience, serving as the Vice President and Founding Partner of a successful multi-million dollar small business.
Silk is a 1988 graduate of Temple with a degree in business. A four-year member of the Temple crew team, Owl boats won four-straight Dad Vail Regatta heavyweight eight titles in his career.
Austin Mullen, who has served two years in the UCLA athletics development office, was named Assistant Athletics Director for Major Gifts in August, 2021
At UCLA Mullen served as an Assistant Director of Development soliciting major gifts and leading various annual fund initiatives for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. During fiscal year 2021, he solicited over $885,000 for the department and closed a $2,000,000 planned gift to establish an endowment to support the UCLA women's and men's golf programs.
Before arriving at UCLA, Mullen attended Ohio University where he obtained a Master of Business Administration and Master of Sports Administration. While in Athens, Mullen was a Graduate Assistant in the Ohio Bobcat Club where he oversaw basketball premium seating, various stewardship initiatives, and a donor portfolio that saw an annual increase in giving of 82%.
Mullen graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in Finance, Marketing, and Business Management. During his time in Lexington, he served as Student Body President, DanceBlue Dance Marathon Corporate Relations Chair, an intern in the UK Athletics Marketing Department, and a Member on the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees.
Bryanna Williams joined the Owl Club Staff as Assistant Director of Development in December, 2018. In her role she will assist with annual giving, donor relations and stewardship for the Owl Club. She will support internal operations including donor and alumni events and premium seating.
Prior to joining Temple Athletics, Williams served as a Business Development Manager with Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Harrisburg, PA. Her responsibilities included coordination of annual fundraisers, raising more than $200,000, managing a portfolio of donors, and planning and implementing events for donors. Williams also served as, Special Events and Donor Relations Coordinator for Goodwill Keystone Area. Her responsibilities included spearheading fundraising strategies through campaign management, raising a total of $317,000. She also oversaw all donor relations for the Keystone Area.
Prior to relocating to Harrisburg, Williams spent 2 years with the Philadelphia 76ers franchise. There Williams was an Administration Office Assistant for the 76ers Camps and Account Executive/Community Engagement Coordinator for the Delaware Blue Coats. Her responsibilities included ticket sales, establishing professional and personal networks for new sponsorship opportunities, executing events requiring the use of community assets, contacts and talent.
A native of Sicklerville, NJ, Bryanna earned her bachelor's degree in Sport Management from Long Island University-Brooklyn, where she was also a Division 1 Track and Field Athlete, specializing in short sprints and jumps.