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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp has named a 12-member search committee to recommend candidates to become the next director of athletics.

Committee members include representatives of the Educational Foundation Inc., trustees, University faculty and administrators, athletics department staff members and successful former student-athletes.

The committee will advise Thorp about a successor to Dick Baddour, who has announced plans to accelerate retirement so that a new athletic director could hire Carolina’s next head football coach.

The director of athletics will oversee one of the nation’s most comprehensive and successful college sports programs. Nearly 800 student-athletes compete in 28 men’s and women’s varsity sports.

Search committee members are:

Martina Ballen, senior associate athletic director and chief financial officer of the department of athletics, where she is a 25-year veteran.

Jan Boxill, chair of the faculty, senior lecturer in philosophy and director of the Parr Center for Ethics. She writes and teaches about topics including ethics, social and political philosophy, and ethics in sports. Boxill chairs the 2011 National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Scholarly Colloquium and the Education Outreach Program for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

Lissa Broome, the University’s faculty athletics representative to the Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA, a member of the UNC Faculty Athletics Committee, Wachovia Professor of Banking Law and director of the Center for Banking and Finance in the School of Law.

Alan Caldwell, a captain on the 1977 Tar Heel football team that won the ACC title and an All-ACC selection. He is a former member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Educational Foundation Inc. He is director of corporate and civic engagement at RAI Services Co. His son, Tyler, also was a member of the Carolina football team.

Lowry Caudill, a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Educational Foundation Inc., a University trustee and an adjunct faculty member in the UNC chemistry department. A UNC chemistry building dedicated in 2007 bears the name of Caudill and his wife, Susan. He chairs the Chancellor’s Innovation Circle, which spearheaded the Innovate@Carolina Roadmap, a plan to help UNC become a world leader in launching university-born ideas for the good of society.

Winston Crisp, vice chancellor for student affairs and a longtime University administrator.

Don Curtis, a current member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Educational Foundation Inc., a current University trustee and chair, and chief executive officer of Curtis Media Group Inc. He chairs the UNC General Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, serves on the School of Journalism and Mass Communication Foundation Board of Directors and has served on the UNC Health Care System’s Board of Directors.

Eric Montross, an All-American starter on the Tar Heels’ 1993 NCAA championship team and a retired National Basketball Association player. He is now a color analyst for the Tar Heel Sports Network’s broadcasts of men’s basketball games and director of the Carolina Basketball Family Fund in the Educational Foundation Inc. He also is chair-elect of the UNC General Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.

Karen Shelton, head coach of the women’s field hockey team since 1981. Her teams have won six NCAA championships, finished as NCAA runner-ups seven times and secured 28 winning seasons. She is in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame for her performance as a player.

Dwight Stone, president of D. Stone Builders Inc. and vice chair of the Educational Foundation Inc.’s Executive Board of Directors. His daughter, Jennifer, is a member of the women’s tennis team and his son, David, is a former men’s tennis team member. He chairs the Greensboro Sports Council and is a member of the Greensboro Sports Commission Board of Directors.

John L. Townsend III, a current University trustee and managing partner and chief operating officer for Tiger Management, LLC. His University service includes serving as a member of the Executive Committee of the UNC Investment Fund, as well as on the Kenan-Flagler Business School Board of Visitors and the Ackland Art Museum’s National Advisory Board.

Richard “Stick” Williams, former chair of the University’s Board of Trustees and senior vice president of environmental health and safety at Duke Energy Corp. He is president of The Duke Energy Foundation of Duke Energy Corp. and a past chair of the UNC General Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. He played football at Carolina as a freshman and suffered a career-ending injury.

“This search committee represents the full range and balance of perspectives and backgrounds we need to identify the best candidates for the job,” Thorp said. “The committee’s charge is to find an experienced leader committed to academic success and competitive excellence in men’s and women’s athletics.”

Caudill will chair the search committee. The chancellor said Caudill understood the role of an athletic director from multiple perspectives. “He’s active with the Educational Foundation, he’s a trustee and he serves as an adjunct faculty member. I can’t imagine anyone with a broader view of what we’re looking for in an athletic director,” Thorp said.

Baddour has served 14 years as Carolina’s athletic director and has worked at the University for 45 years. Under his direction, the Tar Heels have won 13 national championships in four sports (women’s soccer, field hockey, men’s basketball and men’s soccer) and finished in the top 10 15 times in the annual Director’s Cup competition for the best overall program.