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Distributed October 3, 2004
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Brown Announces Selection Committee, Begins Athletic Director Search

An 11-member selection committee will begin work this week on a national search for Brown University’s next athletics director.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — David Greene, vice president for campus life and student services has announced an 11-member selection committee to conduct a national search for a director of athletics position at Brown University. The committee, chaired by Luiz Valente, associate professor of Portuguese and Brazilian studies and comparative literature, represents various areas of University life that will interact with the director of athletics.

The Atlanta-based executive search firm of Baker-Parker and Associates Inc. will assist Brown in its search. Baker-Parker is a global company with extensive collegiate experience, having worked with the NCAA and many universities, including the 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 meet this week to launch the search, which is expected to draw interest from a national pool of applicants. “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,” Greene said. The search committee, drawn from leaders from across the University, demonstrates broad support for athletics and the importance of the athletic director position to this community.”

Members of the Committee

Luiz Valente (chair)
Associate Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and Comparative Literature
Valente has served as the chair of the Faculty Executive Committee and chaired the search for the new vice-president for campus life and student services. He has been 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 chair of the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown.

Paul Armstrong
Dean of the College
Dean of the College since January 2001, Armstrong came to Brown from SUNY-Stony Brook, where he had been 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 Ph.D. from Stanford in modern thought and literature.

Nancy Barnett
Assistant Professor (Research) of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Chair of the Faculty Committee on Athletics and Physical Education
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 and human behavior, Barnett 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 U.S. national team. She earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Washington with a minor in sport psychology.

Bethany Bradley
Graduate Student Representative on the Faculty Committee on Athletics
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 Council
A four-year member of the Brown football team, Burroughs was an honorable mention All-Ivy selection in 2003. A biology concentrator from Yuma, Ariz., he is tri-captain of this year’s football team.

Elizabeth 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. Huidekoper 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 Council
A four-year member of the Brown volleyball team, Kung is a biology concentrator. She is a native of Dix Hills, N.Y., and plays the viola.

Kevin Mundt
Chair, Advisory Council on Athletics
A 1976 graduate of Brown with an A.B. in economics, Mundt is currently managing director and general partner at 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, who now resides in Lincoln, Mass., Mundt earned an M.B.A. with honors from the Harvard Business School. He was the co-founder of Corporate Decisions Inc. and later was senior managing director at Mercer Oliver Wyman, a financial consulting firm.

Margaret (Digit) Murphy
Head Coach, Women’s Hockey
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 11 consecutive seasons and to 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 U.S.A. Hockey Women’s National Festival.

Mike Noonan
Head Coach, Men’s Soccer
Entering his tenth year as head coach of the Bears, 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
Brown University Trustee
President, Sports Foundation Board of Directors
O’Keefe is founder and CEO 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 in 1976, while playing football and baseball. O’Keefe is a trustee at Brown and at the Rivers School in Weston, Mass.

The committee is assisted by the executive search firm of Baker-Parker. To submit information or for further information, please contact:

Daniel F. Parker, Senior Partner
Laurie C. Wilder, Vice President
Five Concourse Parkway
Suite 2440
Atlanta, GA 30328

770-804-1996 Ext. 109
[email protected]


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