by Chris Bahn
Posted 2/15/2013 10:49 am
Updated 10 months ago
The Razorback Foundation didn’t have to look long for its new executive director.
Sean Rochelle, who was serving as associate director for the Foundation, has been promoted to the position. Rochelle, an Elkins native, has worked for the University of Arkansas athletic department’s private, fundraising arm since 2008.
An opening was created earlier this week when Chris Wyrick left the foundation to become the UA’s vice chancellor for advancement. Rochelle has worked in both the men’s and women’s athletic departments. He has a master’s degree and doctorate from the UA.
(More: Here's a 2008 Q&A with Rochelle after the joined the Razorback Foundation.)
"As a native Arkansan, University of Arkansas graduate and lifelong Razorback, I am truly honored to have the opportunity to serve as executive director of the Razorback Foundation," Rochelle said. "I have been privileged to work day to day with Razorback Foundation members and donors to our program and have witnessed the tremendous difference their support is making in the lives of Razorback student-athletes.
"I am deeply appreciative of the support and confidence of the Razorback Foundation Board in naming me to this important position. I look forward to working alongside our Board, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long, and the Razorback Foundation and athletic department staffs as we all work together for the future success of Razorback Athletics."
Rochelle has helped the Foundation grow its membership and annual fund. There are nearly 13,000 members of the Razorback Foundation, and the organization topped $20 million in giving last year.
"As the Board began to consider the desired experience and attributes for the future leader of the Razorback Foundation, Sean Rochelle immediately became a clear choice to serve as our new executive director," Board President Ken Mourton said. "Sean has been instrumental in the recent success of the Razorback Foundation including helping grow membership and annual fund support to record levels.
"His familiarity with our state and program combined with his extensive experience within intercollegiate athletics will provide the Razorback Foundation the experienced leadership it needs to continue to move progressively forward."
Before returning to Arkansas, Rochelle spent five years at Azusa Pacific University, where he was the chair of the department of exercise and sport science. Rochelle was a two-time academic all-American football player at Arkansas-Monticello and is a member of the UAM Sports Hall of Fame.
Rochelle was a graduate assistant at Arkansas and Clemson. He earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Arkansas-Monticello. Rochelle and his wife, Caroline, have three daughters, Abigail, Ellison and Lilly.