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UAB forms 19-member search committee for new AD

UAB has formed a search committee to find a replacement for former alethics director Brian Mackin. (abc3340.com)

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (UAB News Release) -- A committee that will spearhead the national search for the next University of Alabama at Birmingham athletic director has been finalized. The group of 19 represents constituency groups on and off campus, including faculty, staff, students and athletes, alumni, community leaders, and other supporters.

Harold Jones, Ph.D., dean of the School of Health Professions, will chair the committee. Jones, who has a long history of working with UAB Athletics, chaired the 2008 NCAA Recertification Self-Study Committee and is a member of the newly established UAB Athletics Assessment Task Force.

[Former UAB AD Brian Mackin reassigned to special assistant to president]

Committee members are:

Jacob Armstrong - UAB Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

Anita Bonasera - Executive Director, UAB Human Resources

Trey Cummings - Managing Broker, Omega Realty Group, UAB National Alumni Society Board of Directors and Past President

Becky Gordon - Associate Vice President for Development

Don Hire - UAB Champions Club Member

Harold Jones, Ph.D., Dean, UAB School of Health Professions

Jimbo Lee - Chairman and CEO, Buffalo Rock Company

Andy Marsch - Assistant Vice President for Student Life

Joe Van Matre, Ph.D. - Professor, UAB Collat School of Business

Frank Messina, DBA - Professor, UAB Collat School of Business, Faculty Athletic Representative

Craft O'Neal - Chairman, O'Neal Steel Inc., UAB Champions Club Member

Pam Paustian, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, UAB School of Health Professions

Catherine Ragon - UAB Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

Patrick Ritter - Undergraduate Student

Oliver Robinson - Alabama State Representative, 58th District, Former UAB Athlete

Melissa Sammy - Graduate Student

Evan Smith - Undergraduate Student

Janice Ward - Manager, UAB Faculty Affairs, UAB National Alumni Society Past President

Becky Watson - Associate Vice President for Alumni and Annual Giving

"Each member of this committee represents an important voice within the university," Jones said. "In the end, such a large group will give us a stronger candidate and engender the support of the community. It is really meaningful to me that we get this right."

The committee will begin work as soon as possible and hold its first meeting in early February. An independent search firm selected by the committee will help identify potential candidates and perform background checks. At its conclusion, the committee will recommend three unranked, viable candidates.

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