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East Carolina selects search committee to find next AD

(Greg Payne, NewsChannel 12 photo)

East Carolina University has put together a 13-member search committee to find candidates and eventually select a new athletics director.

ECU Chancellor Cecil Staton announced the committee, which includes current AD Dave Hart, who is serving the position until a full-time replacement is found.

“Weareverypleasedwiththeprogressspecialadviser DaveHarthasmadeinreviewing andadvisingusonareasofimprovementneededtoreachallofourgoalsinathletics. Becauseofthosemonthsofwork,I believethetimingis now right tobringonboardanAD whowillleadPirate athleticsintoitsnextera,”saidStaton in a press release.“Iremainveryappreciativeof theexpertiseandassistancethatDavehasbroughttoourathleticsdepartment,andIlook forwardtohiscontinuingsupportasweworktoputthisprogramonatrackforlong-term success.”

Thecommitteeexpectsto holditsfirstmeeting inNovember. Membersofthesearchcommitteeareasfollows:

-- CecilStaton (co-chair),chancellorofECU.

-- DaveHart (co-chair),specialadvisortothechancellorforathleticsandformerECU athleticdirector.

-- MarkCopeland,memberoftheECUBoardofTrustees andmanagingpartnerforErnst & Young.

-- VernDavenport,memberof theECUBoardofTrustees, partneratNovaQuestCapital ManagementandformerECUstudentathlete.

-- TimMartin,presidentoftheECUEducationalFoundation(PirateClub).

-- CarlRogers,pastpresidentof theECUEducationalFoundation.

-- Cal Christian,professorofaccounting intheCollegeofBusiness andfacultyathletic representativeof theECUEducationalFoundation.

-- CliffGodwin,headcoachofECUbaseballandformerECUstudentathlete.

-- SaraThorndike,vicechancellorforadministration andfinance.

-- JeffPopke,chairofthefacultyandprofessorofgeography intheThomasHarriotCollege ofArtsandSciences.

-- JJMcLamb,seniorassociateathleticsdirectorforinternaloperations.

-- RosieThompson,formerseniorassociateathleticsdirector,seniorwomen’s administrator,andformerECUstudentathlete.

-- LaKeshaAlstonForbes,associateprovostforequityanddiversity.

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