Vice Chancellor for Athletics, Recreation and RC Ops, Denver University
Karlton Creech officially joined the University of Denver on May 1, 2018, after being named the Vice Chancellor for Athletics, Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations in a press conference on February 19. Creech comes to Denver after serving more than four years as Director of Athletics, adjunct lecturer and proponent of leadership studies at the University of Maine. He brings more than two decades of sports administration experience, building a reputation for leading exceptional athletics programs, as well as fundraising and encouraging the academic success of student-athletes.
While at UMaine, Creech spearheaded a strategic plan for the NCAA Division I athletics program. He restructured the program's fundraising model and led projects that resulted in multiple endowments of more than $1 million. Creech made a direct impact with student-athletes’ success in the classroom, increasing student-athlete GPA year-over-year since 2013 and increasing the total number of "Scholar-Athletes" and "Rising Stars" -- students with GPAs 3.0 or higher.
Prior to UMaine, Creech spent a decade at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he served as Senior Associate Director of Athletics and Chief of Staff from 2012-2014 and Associate Executive Director for UNC’s Educational Foundation Inc. from 2004-2012, where he managed capital projects such as the coordination of the $88 million football stadium expansion, the Annual Fund, marketing, fundraising and ticket sales programs, as well as donor stewardship and development. Creech’s promotion to Chief of Staff in 2012 led to him overseeing the athletic department’s capital projects, human resources and facilities.
From 2001-2004, Creech worked for the Student-Aid Association at North Carolina State University, coordinating ticket sales and fundraising. He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from North Carolina State University and a Master of Arts in management and leadership from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.
Creech and his wife, Staci, reside in Denver. Born and raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Creech enjoys playing golf, teaching and traveling.