UAB forms 19-member search committee for new AD
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.
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.