University of North Carolina at Pembroke Announces New Director of Athletics

Charlotte, N.C. (May 31, 2013) – The University of North Carolina at Pembroke announced in a recent press conference Richard “Dick” Christy will be its ninth Director of Athletics. Coleman Lew + Associates, Inc., an international retained executive search and leadership development firm, assisted UNC Pembroke’s Search Committee in this national search.

“It was a pleasure to work with the UNCP AD search committee, Dr. Carter, and the committee chair, Dr. Locklear,” said Coleman Lew + Associates President, Ken Carrick. “Dick is an outstanding athletic administrator whose additional experiences as an NCAA Division II student –athlete has given him a great appreciation for the mission of the athletic department at UNCP. The foundation of the department Dick inherits is solid and the future of UNCP athletics is bright.”

Christy, who has spent the last 13 years in athletic administration, comes to UNCP from North Carolina State University, where he served as Associate Athletic Director for external relations for the last eight years. Christy also served as an administrator for several teams at NC State, and his game management experience includes serving as tournament manger for the 2008 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship in the first and second rounds, and tournament director for the 2009 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship regional final. He has also served on a handful of Atlantic Coast Conference committees, including the Committee for Marketing & Sponsorships, the Committee for Sportsmanship, and chair of the Men’s Golf Committee. He began his duties at UNC Pembroke on May 24.

UNCP Chancellor Kyle R. Carter praised Christy in the press conference, saying, “Dick has all of the attributes we’ve searched for, and he is committed to assuring that our student-athletes have a quality experience here at UNC Pembroke that serves them well years after graduation. Dick supports UNC Pembroke’s aspirations for even greater success in all sports, but understands that competitive success must begin on a level playing field.”

To view the full press conference, click here. A native of Chichester, PA, Christy was a NCAA Division II student-athlete and four-year letterman on the men’s golf team at Wingate University. He served as team captain as a senior and earned the J. Ralph Hargett Athletic Leadership Award. Christy graduated with a degree in sport management and earned a master’s degree in parks, recreation and tourism management from NC State while working in the Athletics Department.