President Provides More Info on Athletics Department Transition

President Kay Norton yesterday (June 24) provided Athletics Department staff and coaches additional information about how the university is moving forward during the transition period in the department via the following email message:

Dear Colleagues,

I appreciated the opportunity to talk with many of you recently about working through this important transition time together. As I shared at the meeting, I see two main issues for us to address. First, I want to make sure you have the necessary support for managing the day-to-day operations of the Athletics Department during the transition. Then we are going to take time to consider what type of leadership we need for Athletics at UNC and develop a job description and leadership profile tailored to our specific needs. We're going to be thoughtful about how we do the search and take whatever time is needed to do it well.

I am writing to you now to follow up on my promise to provide more detail about interim responsibilities for daily operations. As you may know, I asked Dan Weaver, in his role as a special assistant to me, to facilitate the discussions about interim responsibilities. He has talked at length with the Associate and Assistant ADs, and he and I met with the head coaches last week. As a result of those discussions, we have a plan for how to move forward.

As I mentioned when I met with you, I understand that there are several vacant positions in Athletics, and I am open to making hires when the functions have been considered from a university perspective and the roles are clearly defined. With the recent departure of Rawley Klingsmith, we will be making Tracy Damrell the Director of Sports Medicine, who will continue to oversee sports performance and equipment. We are also in the process of filling the Facilities and Events position. In addition, we will bring in someone during the interim to assist with day-to-day business operations while we consider how best to staff Athletics business operations in the long-term.

I have asked several administrative staff members to take on additional responsibilities during the interim, particularly in regard to sports supervision, and they have graciously agreed. To make this work, we are also temporarily reassigning some duties. In addition, we will be looking for ways to streamline processes so they are both more effective and less onerous. For example, each sport supervisor will now have signature authority for his or her respective sports.

Sarah Adams, Associate AD for Compliance and Student-Athlete Support Services, will serve in the role of Senior Women's Administrator. She will also supervise Volleyball, Women's Basketball, Swimming and Diving, Softball, and Track and Field. She will continue to handle financial aid and scholarships and oversee the compliance functions. Assistant Director of Compliance Dan Scheid will take on some of Sara's duties during the interim.

Kristi Watson, Assistant AD for Business and Financial Operations, will continue to manage the business and finance operations and will supervise Men's and Women's Golf, and Men's and Women's Tennis. As mentioned above, we will also have an interim staff member to assist Kristi with the business operations.

Jimmy Henderson, Associate AD for Academic Success, will continue to oversee academic success and will supervise Baseball, Wrestling and Soccer. Assistant Director of Academic Success Michael Kallsen will take on some of Jimmy's academic success duties during the interim.

I have asked Dan Weaver and Milan Larson, Associate Professor of Management and Chair of the Management Department in the Monfort College of Business, to assist me with my interim responsibilities for Athletics. Dan will manage the day-to-day operational issues, and Milan will help us think about the big-picture leadership issues. Dan will also supervise Football and Men's Basketball.

In addition, two other members of my executive staff will take on some Athletics responsibilities during the interim. Vice President for University Relations Chuck Leonhardt will oversee Athletics Sales, Marketing and Communications, and Vice President for University Development and Alumni Relations Vicki Gorrell will oversee Athletics Corporate Sponsorships. This will help us better connect these functions to similar functions throughout the university.

I have taken on the responsibility for Athletics during the interim because I believe this is important and meaningful work. I have great confidence in your ability and commitment to advancing Athletics at UNC, and I look forward to working with you.



June 25, 2013


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