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Amy (Niceswanger) Anderson joined the University of Pittsburgh athletic department in July of 1998 as a Marketing Assistant.  She serves as the primary contact for the Panther Club Athletic Scholarship Fund and the day-to-day management of the development operations.  Anderson thrives on identifying, growing and sustaining relationships with Pitt supporters who share her passion for the University of Pittsburgh and want to help our student-athletes succeed.  Anderson also has oversight of the Pitt Varsity Letter Club and activities related to generating annual scholarship revenue in support of Pitt’s 19 varsity sports.  Upon graduation from Pitt, Anderson began her career as a Marketing Coordinator for Pitt Athletics and was promoted to the development office a year later where she has served in numerous capacities within the Annual Fund and Major Giving.   

During Anderson’s tenure in the development office, she has worked closely with her colleagues to effectively cultivate and manage donor relationships resulting in a greater than 300% increase in dollars to the annual fund and nearly tripling the number of donors.   Anderson collaborated to develop and implement the Panther Club Priority Points System which allocates donors via longevity, donations to athletics and season ticket purchases. 
 
In addition to her work with the annual fund, Anderson has secured numerous first-time major gifts for Pitt Athletics in the areas of Endowed Scholarships and Capital Projects.  She has served as the lead Development representative from Pitt Stadium to Heinz Field (including one year at Three Rivers Stadium) and from Fitzgerald Fieldhouse to the Petersen Events Center.  During this transition, Anderson was responsible for coordinating and assisting with the implementation for the “Select-A-Seat” event, which resulted in a sold-out Petersen Events Center.  She also developed a strategic plan with the Director of Athletics which resulted in selling out luxury suites at the Petersen Events Center (16) to open the inaugural season at the Pete.  Most recently, Anderson created and organized the sales plan to sell all (41) premium Courtside Club seats at the Petersen Events Center which generated additional revenue for the Panther Club Athletic Scholarship Fund.    

During her time at Pitt, Anderson has also had oversight and management over a number of key development-related areas including Panther Club Chapters, Luxury Suites at both Heinz Field and the Petersen Events Center, Panther Club Special Events, Wheels of Support and the Pitt Varsity Letter Club.

A 1998 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences and 2003 graduate of the Katz Graduate School of Business, Anderson was a member of the Pitt Dance Team and served as captain during the 1998 season when the team achieved a national ranking of 5th in the country. She was also a three-time world champion member of the Modernettes, a baton twirling corp based in Finleyville, Pa. 

A Pittsburgh, Pa., native, Anderson resides in Pittsburgh with her husband, Steve, and their daughter Sydney Laurel.

Beyond the Bio
Favorite sports moment at Pitt? 
It is hard to pick one moment. 

11/8/03 – #5 Virginia Tech @ #25 Pitt – One of the most electric atmosphere’s I have ever seen at Heinz Field when Lousaka Polite punched it into the endzone with 47 seconds remaining to go ahead 31-28.  WOW!

3/7/09 - #1 UCONN @ #4 Pitt; Final Score Pitt 70 – UCONN 60. I cannot recall a time at the Petersen Events Center when I have had more fun! The Zoo and the fans were AMAZING. One of my favorite Pitt teams EVER!

And let’s not forget 13-9 or 43-42!

What do you love most about working in Athletics?
The relationships I have developed with our donors.  They all have amazing stories to tell about their love for Pitt.  They are my extended family and I cherish those relationships.

If you could have dinner with any three people who would it be and why? 
Two people - My father’s parents as they passed away when I was a baby. I would love to hear about their time on Earth and introduce them to my husband and daughter.

Favorite Quote?   
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” [Maya Angelou]

Hobbies outside of work?
Traveling with my family (Barcelona ranks as my favorite), catching a show in the Cultural District, attending dance & yoga classes and sharing many laughs and love with my amazing family and friends.

Amy Niceswanger-Anderson

Amy  Niceswanger-Anderson

Position:
Associate Athletic Director, Development

Contact:
Petersen Events Center
3719 Terrace St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone - (412) 383-7350
Fax - (412) 648-8236

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