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Search Committee Named for Appalachian’s Director of Athletics

BOONE — Appalachian State University Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock today announced the membership of the search committee for the position of Director of Athletics. Peacock also announced that, after careful consideration, the football facilities will remain in their current location and undergo extensive expansion and renovation.

Following are the members of the search committee:

Alan Hauser – Committee chair and faculty athletics representative to the NCAA

Brad Adcock – UNC Board of Governors member and vice president for government affairs, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina

Ed Broyhill – Appalachian Board of Trustees member, Appalachian Campaign for Athletics chairman and president of the Broyhill Group

Jeannine Collins – alumna and president of Underdown and Associates Inc.

Bobby Cremins – former Appalachian and Georgia Tech basketball coach and friend of the university’s athletics program

Joe Gibbons – past president of Appalachian Former Athletes Association and president of Gibbons Electric Company

Jerry Hutchens – Appalachian’s interim vice chancellor for University Advancement

David Jackson – associate athletics director for public affairs for Appalachian’s Department of Athletics

Russell Patterson – Appalachian’s strength and conditioning coach

Adrienne Shuler – Appalachian’s head coach for women’s basketball

Tommy Sofield – former Appalachian football player and president of US Buildings Inc.

Scott Tobias – Appalachian faculty member and associate director of bands

Bob Turchin – Appalachian Board of Trustees member and president of RLT Investment Group

“I am grateful to those who have agreed to serve on this committee,” Peacock said. “Athletics is an important part of our students’ Appalachian experience, and it is extremely important to our alumni, friends and this community as well. The successful candidate will have the experience, energy and commitment to define a vision for our athletics program and then lead us there.”

Former director of athletics Roachel Laney resigned Nov. 30, 2004, and is teaching in the Department of Health, Leisure and Exercise Science. Dr. Linda Robinson currently serves as the interim director of athletics.

Regarding the football facilities, Peacock said ongoing plans for campus construction and renovation have reassured him that long-term elements are in place to improve the fan experience, while keeping the football program in the heart of campus.

“Green space, tailgating and parking are all important factors to an enhanced game day experience,” Peacock said. “I believe we are now on track to address those issues in the future and still maintain easy access for our students, which is critical to creating the kind of atmosphere that has long been an Appalachian Mountaineer tradition.”

The plan calls for taking down Owens Field House and replacing it with a state-of-the-art facility with improved office, meeting and service facilities. Improved seating capacity – from 16,000 to 21,500 seats – and a transformation of both the East and West grandstands are also in the plan. Alumni and friends will enjoy a new Yosef Club Room, guest skyboxes and a new chancellor’s box. New locker rooms, a new weight and conditioning center and an expanded sports medicine facility will be constructed for student-athletes. The entire project totals $32 million.