13-Member Committee Named to Find New Athletics Director

Chancellor Holden Thorp ’86 has named a 13-member search committee to recommend candidates to become the next director of athletics. Committee members include representatives of the Rams Club, trustees, faculty and administrators, athletics department staff members, former UNC athletes and one student — the president of the Carolina Athletic Association.

The committee will advise Thorp about a successor to Dick Baddour ’66, who has announced plans to accelerate retirement so that a new athletics director can be in place to hire Carolina’s next head football coach.

The executive search firm Carr Sports Associates Inc. has been hired to assist in the search. UNC will use non-state funds to pay Carr Sports $40,000 to help identify and recruit candidates.

Search committee members are:

  • Martina Ballen ’80, senior associate athletics director and chief financial officer of the athletics department, where she is a 25-year veteran.
  • Jan Boxill, chair of the faculty, senior lecturer in philosophy and director of the Parr Center for Ethics. Boxill writes and teaches about topics including ethics, social and political philosophy, and ethics in sports. She also chairs the 2011 National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Scholarly Colloquium and the Education Outreach Program for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
  • Lissa Broome, the University’s faculty athletics representative to the Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA, a member of the UNC Faculty Athletics Committee, Wachovia Professor of banking law and director of the law school’s Center for Banking and Finance.
  • Alan Caldwell ’78, a captain on the 1977 Tar Heel football team, which won the ACC title, and an All-ACC player. Caldwell is a former member of the executive board of directors of the Rams Club and just ended a three-year term on the GAA Board of Directors. He is director of corporate and civic engagement at RAI Services Co. His son, Tyler Caldwell ’10, also was a member of the Carolina football team.
  • Lowry Caudill ’79, a member of the executive board of directors of the Rams Club, a University trustee and an adjunct faculty member in the chemistry department. A UNC chemistry building dedicated in 2007 bears the name of Caudill and his wife, Susan Self Caudill ’80.
  • Winston Crisp ’92 (JD), vice chancellor for student affairs, who has been an administrator in a variety of roles at UNC since graduating from its law school.
  • Don Curtis ’63, a member of the executive board of directors of the Rams Club, a University trustee and CEO of Curtis Media Group Inc. Curtis is the 2011-12 chair of the GAA Board of Directors. He also serves on the board of directors for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication Foundation and has served on the UNC Health Care System’s board of directors.
  • Caitlin Goforth, president of the Carolina Athletic Association.
  • Eric Montross ’94, an All-American starter on the Tar Heels’ 1993 NCAA championship team and a retired National Basketball Association player. Montross, who is chair-elect of the GAA Board of Directors, is a color analyst for the Tar Heel Sports Network’s broadcasts of men’s basketball games and director of the Carolina Basketball Family Fund in the Rams Club.
  • Karen Shelton, head coach of the women’s field hockey team since 1981. Under Shelton’s tenure, UNC’s women’s field hockey teams have won six NCAA championships, finished as NCAA runner-ups seven times and had 28 winning seasons. She is in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame for her performance as a player.
  • Dwight Stone ’73, president of D. Stone Builders Inc. and vice chair of the Rams Club’s executive board of directors. Stone chairs the Greensboro Sports Council and is a member of the Greensboro Sports Commission Board of Directors. His daughter, Jennifer Stone, is a member of the women’s tennis team, and his son, David Stone ’08, is a former men’s tennis team member who also earned his master’s in accounting from UNC in 2010.
  • John L. Townsend III ’77, a University trustee and managing partner and chief operating officer for Tiger Management LLC. Townsend’s University service includes serving as a member of the executive committee of the UNC Investment Fund as well as on the Kenan-Flagler Business School board of visitors and the Ackland Art Museum’s national advisory board.
  • Richard “Stick” Williams ’75, former chair of the Board of Trustees and senior vice president of environmental health and safety at Duke Energy Corp. Williams is president of The Duke Energy Foundation of Duke Energy Corp. and a past chair of the GAA Board of Directors. He played football at Carolina as a freshman and suffered a career-ending injury.

Caudill will chair the committee.

Baddour has served 14 years as Carolina’s athletics director and has worked for the University for 45 years. He had planned to retire at the end of the calendar year but on July 28 announced he would step down when a new athletics director is hired.


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