Friday, April 19, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Lecture Hall G202, Murray Hall
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Six invited speakers will contribute to a roundtable discussion with a panel of distinguished leaders in higher education and athletics meeting for the first time on Friday (April 19) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to consider the role of athletics in campus life.
The goal of the panel, chaired by Hunter Rawlings, president of the Association of American Universities, is to consider how recent challenges at UNC-Chapel Hill apply to other campuses and the national higher education community on a broad scale. Chancellor Holden Thorp convened the panel based on a key recommendation in a 2012 faculty report. “The issues we face here are not unique to Carolina, and we hope other campuses around the nation will benefit in some way from the panel’s work,” Thorp has said.
Joining Rawlings, a former university president and student-athlete, on the panel are:
- James Delany, longtime commissioner of the Big Ten Conference and a former NCAA enforcement officer. He holds bachelor’s and law degrees from UNC, where he was a tri-captain on the men’s basketball team.
- Bob Malekoff, associate professor and sport studies chair at Guilford College and a former athletics director and head coach. He has written about athletics and sports management at the collegiate and professional levels.
- Amy Perko, executive director of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, and previously an NCAA employee and athletics administrator at the University of Kansas. She earned academic honors as a Wake Forest student-athlete.
- Patricia Timmons-Goodson, former associate justice of the N.C. Supreme Court who holds two UNC degrees and served on the N.C. Court of Appeals. She serves on Guilford College’s Board of Trustees.
Thorp, the future provost at Washington University in St. Louis, and five other invited speakers will address the panel. They are: Bubba Cunningham, UNC director of athletics; Jay Bilas, ESPN broadcaster, attorney and a former Duke basketball player; Richard Southall, UNC associate professor of sport administration and director of the College Sport Research Institute; Jay Smith, UNC professor of history; and Joy Renner, UNC Faculty Athletics Committee Chair and clinical associate professor of allied health sciences.
UNC students, faculty and staff also will have an opportunity to share comments after the speakers finish.
For more information, refer to http://www.unc.edu/campus-updates/role-of-athletics-at-unc-subject-of-april-19-rawlings-panel/.
Covering the Event: News media representatives are invited to cover the discussion. Lecture Hall G202, Murray Hall, is located next to the brick archway where Murray Hall and Venable Hall meet in the Carolina Physical Science Complex. News Services will provide a broadcast-quality audio feed. Media parking will be available in the Bell Tower lot next to Kenan Stadium. Limited parking also will be available for television live trucks (one per outlet) in the lot between Wilson Library and Caudill Laboratories off South Road.
Contacts: News Services staff, (919) 962-2091