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February 29, 2008

Search advisory committee for director of intercollegiate athletics appointed

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University of Washington President Mark A. Emmert announced today the members of the search advisory committee for the director of intercollegiate athletics.


The committee will be chaired by Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson, dean of UW Libraries.


The athletic director is responsible for providing leadership to the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, which offers 23 sports for men and women, with approximately 644 students participating in these sports. The department also supports the Husky Marching Band and the rally squad, and jointly with the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, provides academic support services for students in the program. It is responsible for generating all of its operating and capital revenue.

In the letter of appointment, Emmert said, “Intercollegiate athletics is a highly visible part of the university, and it is important that the leadership of the department understand fully and support completely the values of the University. As a component of an institution of higher education focusing on the experience of undergraduate students, the athletic department shares in the mission to develop young people to their fullest potential. We approach success in athletics much as we approach success in all the endeavors of the university: we want a strong athletic program, we want to excel in providing educational opportunities for our students, and we want to comply fully with all of the rules and regulations that govern this activity. The athletic director sets the direction for the department in establishing these core values and ensures that everyone in the department subscribes to them.”

The job of the committee is to identify a small number of qualified finalists for the position from whom Emmert will select.

In addition to Wilson, the committee members are: Brooke Anderson, UW student-athlete; John Connors, member, Tyee Board of Advisors; Professor J. Patrick Dobel, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs; Professor Roland E. (Pete) Dukes, Department of Accounting; Lesle Gallimore, head coach, women’s soccer; Anne Gittinger, member, Tyee Board of Advisors; Eric Godfrey, vice provost, student life; Professor Christine Ingebritsen, Scandinavian Studies; Sheila Edwards Lange, vice president for minority affairs and vice provost for diversity; Professor David Lovell, Psychosocial and Community Health; Carol S. Niccolls, special counsel to the president; Lorenzo Romar, head coach, men’s basketball; and Edward Taylor, vice provost and dean for undergraduate academic affairs.