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ERIC Number: EJ764757
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep-7
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
A Winning Combination
Matthews, Frank J.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v23 n15 p32-33 Sep 2006
Recently ranked among the 101 most influential minorities in sports by Sports Illustrated magazine, Damon Evans is the first Black athletic director in the history of the Southeastern Conference and one of the youngest athletic directors in the country. He oversees a $65 million budget and a program that includes 21 intercollegiate sports teams, 500 student-athletes and a coaching and administrative staff of 250. What may set Evans apart from most athletic directors is the $2 million he donated back to the the University of Georgia from his athletic budget to support the "Archway to Excellence" capital campaign. The campaign intends to establish seven endowed professorships on campus, as well as to create endowed scholarships within the Office of Institutional Diversity. The gift was a statement that athletics and academics do indeed go hand in hand. Observers of minority hiring trends and college sports programs hope that Evans' example could lead to more minorities holding top positions in athletic departments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia