Brown Announces Athletic Director Search Committee

Brown Announces Athletic Director Search Committee

Oct. 13, 2004

Providence, Rhode Island - Brown University Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services David Greene has announced an 11-person Search Committee to conduct a national search for the Director of Athletics position at Brown. The committee, chaired by Professor Luiz Valente, represents a cross-section of university life that will interact with the Director of Athletics.

Assisting in the search is the Atlanta, Georgia based executive search firm of Baker-Parker and Associates, Inc. Baker-Parker, headed by Dan Parker, is a global company with extensive collegiate experience, having worked with the NCAA and many universities, including University of Georgia, MIT, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Michigan and the University of North Carolina.

"I am grateful to the members of the search committee for taking on this important work, and I look forward to receiving their recommendation," said Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons. "Brown is in an excellent position to attract a great new leader for our athletics program."

The Search Committee will begin meeting in the coming week to launch the search, which is expected to draw interest from a national pool of applicants. Vice President David A. Greene noted that, "With 37 varsity teams and a growing program of intramural sports, recreational athletics, and physical education, Brown's Department of Athletics and Physical Education plays an important role in the life of the University. The search committee, drawn from leaders from across the University, demonstrates the broad support for athletics and the importance of the Athletic Director position to this community."

Brown University Athletic Director Search Committee

Luiz Valente, Chair of the Search Committee, Associate Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and Comparative Literature.

Luiz Valente has served as the chair of the Brown Faculty, and chaired the search for the new Vice-President for Campus Life and Student Services. He has been the Faculty Advisor to the Brown men's ice hockey team since 1990 and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Brown Hockey Association. Valente, who earned an A.B from Bowdoin College and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Brown, is also the chair of the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown.

Paul Armstrong, Dean of the College

The Dean of the College since January 2001, Paul Armstrong came to Brown from SUNY-Stony Brook, where he was Dean of Arts and Sciences. He is also a professor of English whose teaching and research concentrate on the modern period, the novel, and the theory of interpretation. He received an A.B. (summa cum laude) from Harvard in history and literature and an A. M. and a Ph.D. from Stanford in modern thought and literature.

Nancy Barnett, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Chair of the Faculty Committee on Athletics and Physical Education

Nancy Barnett has been a member of the Brown community for 10 years, the last five as a member of the Brown faculty. As Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Barrett is associated with the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, and is currently studying undergraduate alcohol use. A graduate of Stanford, with an AB in Psychology, Barnett rowed for the Cardinal and for the US National Team. She received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington with a minor in Sport Psychology.

Bethany Bradley, Graduate Student Rep on Faculty Committee on Athletics

Bethany Bradley is a graduate student in geological sciences at Brown and will represent the graduate student council on the search committee. She is a frequent user of the athletic facilities and a participant in intramural and club sports (volleyball and softball). Bradley served as the graduate student member of the faculty committee on athletics and physical education last year.

Will Burroughs `05, Co-Chair, Student Athlete Advisory Committee

A four-year member of the Brown football team, Will Burroughs was an honorable mention All-Ivy selection in 2003. A Biology concentrator from Yuma, Arizona, Burroughs is tri-captain of this year's football team.

Beppie Huidekoper, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration

Beppie Huidekoper came to Brown in 2002 and has overall responsibility for the University's budget and financial planning, human resources, internal auditing, labor relations, public safety, risk management, facilities, investments and all business operations. She came to Brown from Harvard University, where she had been since 1981, serving as Vice President of Finance from 1995 to 2002. Beppie earned a B.A. from Bowdoin College, and an M.B.A. from Boston University, with a concentration in public management.

Elvina Kung `05, Co-Chair, Student Athlete Advisory Committee

A four-year member of the Brown volleyball team, Elvina Kung is a Biology concentrator. She is a native of Dix Hills, New York, and plays the viola.

Kevin Mundt, Chair, Advisory Council on Athletics

A 1976 graduate of Brown with an A.B. in Economics, Kevin Mundt is currently the Managing Director and General Partner, Vestar Capital Partners. While at Brown, Mundt earned 11 varsity letters in football and track, and was a four-time All-Ivy selection in track. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, who now resides in Lincoln, Mass, Mundt earned an MBA, with honors, from the Harvard Business School. He was the co-founder, Corporate Decisions, Inc., and later was the Senior Managing Director of Mercer Oliver Wyman, a financial consulting firm.

Margaret (Digit) Murphy, Head Coach, Women's Hockey

Coach Digit Murphy has enjoyed a stellar 14 seasons at the helm of the Brown University women's ice hockey program. She has led Brown to a winning record for eleven consecutive seasons, and three Ivy League Championships. Murphy's 2001-2002 squad reached the NCAA Championship game, and she was the first female coach to reach the 200-win plateau, now with 243 career victories. She recently coached at the 2004 USA Hockey Women's National Festival.

Mike Noonan, Head Coach, Men's Soccer

Entering his tenth year as Head Coach of the Bears, Mike Noonan has proven to be among the nation's outstanding coaches, compiling an impressive 85-45-14 record in nine years at Brown. During his tenure at Brown, Noonan has led the Bears to six NCAA Tournament berths, including NCAA Quarterfinal appearances in 1995 and 2000, six Ivy League Championships, and the team's highest national ranking ever (third) during the 1995 season.

Ken O'Keefe, President, Sports Foundation Board of Directors and Brown University Trustee

Ken O'Keefe is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of NewVen Partners, LLC, a private investment and consulting firm specializing in the media and telecommunications industries. Before forming NewVen Partners in 2001, the Wellesley, Mass. resident spent 25 years in the media industry focusing on acquisitions, finance and operations. He received an A.B in Economics from Brown University in 1976, while playing football and baseball. O'Keefe is a Trustee of Brown University and The Rivers School in Weston, Mass.

******** Brown University is being represented by the executive search firm of Baker-Parker. To submit information or for further information, please contact:

Daniel F. Parker, Sr., Partner

Laurie C. Wilder, Vice President


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