UNC search committee meets Friday

Staff writerAugust 24, 2011 

The committee that will recommend candidates for the athletic director job at the University of North Carolina will hold its first meeting Friday morning from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

UNC is seeking a replacement for Dick Baddour, who announced in July that he is retiring to allow a new athletic director to be in place to hire a replacement for football coach Butch Davis.

Larry Caudill, a trustee and adjunct chemistry professor, chairs the 13-member committee.

UNC chancellor Holden Thorp recently said the committee is eager to help him and called the athletic director position "very attractive." The new athletic director will face the challenge of steering a football program that is facing NCAA allegations of nine major violations, but will inherit an elite basketball program and strong Olympic sports programs.

"We’re looking for somebody who can continue the extraordinary success that Carolina has had," Thorp said, "who can help us make sure we have the financial resources that the kids need, that the student-athletes are taken care of, that compliance is run tightly, and restore the confidence that some of our football fans have lost in the football program."

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