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June 2, 1999

NACDA/Continental AD of the Year Overall Winners Announced

Cleveland, Ohio - The six overall winners for the inaugural NACDA/Continental Airlines AD of the Year Award were announced today by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).

The winners will receive their awards at NACDA's 34th annual Convention, June 13-16. The ceremony will occur during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon on Monday, June 14. Keith Jackson, recently retired from ABC Sports, is the featured speaker.

NACDA Executive Director Mike Cleary says the award is necessary because it highlights the efforts of athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to colleges/universities and their surrounding communities. He oversaw implementation of the award to allow all NACDA Officers and Honors and Awards Committee members to participate in the awards process, should they be elected.

Said Cleary, "The program brings to light the exceptional jobs done by athletics directors. These winners exemplify that, highlighting a group of outstanding athletics directors who excel at their jobs. They each go above and beyond the call of duty."

Award winners for 1998-99 include - Division I-A - Jim Livengood, Arizona; Division I-AA/I-AAA - Gary Cunningham, California-Santa Barbara; Division II - Rudy Carvajal, California State-Bakersfield; Division III - Judy Sweet, California-San Diego; NAIA/Other 4-Year Institutions - Peggy Anderson, Eastern Oregon; and Junior/Community Colleges - Vin Cullen - Community College of Rhode Island.

All NACDA-member directors of athletics in the United States, Canada and Mexico who met the criteria were eligible for the award. Among the criteria were service as an AD for a minimum of five academic years; demonstration of commitment to higher education and student-athletes; continuous teamwork, loyalty and excellence; and the ability to inspire individuals or groups to high levels of accomplishments. Additionally, each AD's institution must have passed a compliance check through its appropriate governing body (i.e., NCAA, NAIA, etc.) in which the institution could not have been on probation or cited for a lack of institutional control within the last five years during the tenure of the current athletics director.

Nominators were NACDA-member directors of athletics, institutional presidents and conference commissioners.

Special Selection Committees composed of current and former directors of athletics, present and past NCAA and NAIA presidents, current and former commissioners and other key athletics administrators voted on nominees for the award. Selection Committee members included Jennifer Alley, executive director, NACWAA; Steve Baker, president/CEO, NAIA; Dutch Baughman, executive director, Division I-A Athletic Directors Association; Gene Bleymaier, AD, Boise State; Bob Bowlsby, AD, Iowa; Joe Castiglione, AD, Oklahoma; Clay Chapman, former commissioner, Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC); Gene Corrigan, former commissioner, Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC); Dr. Joe Crowley, president, Nevada-Reno; Jake Crouthamel, AD, Syracuse; Tim Curley, AD, Penn State; Gene DeFilippo, AD, Boston College; Doug Echols, commissioner, South Atlantic Conference; Jeremy Foley, AD, Florida; Joanne Fortunato, commissioner, California Community College Commission on Athletics; James Frank, former commissioner, Southwestern Athletic Conference; Andy Geiger, AD, Ohio State; Richard Giannini, AD, Northeast Louisiana; Chet Gladchuk, AD, Houston; Tim Gleason, commissioner, Ohio Athletic Conference; Cary Groth, AD, Northern Illinois; Dave Hart, Jr., AD, Florida State; Barbara Hedges, AD, Washington; Robert Hiegert, commissioner, California Collegiate Athletic Association; Phyllis Holmes, former president, NAIA; Gene Hooks, director, Division I-A CHAMPS/Life Skills; James Houdeshell, commissioner, American Mideast Conference; Constance Hurlbut, former commissioner, Patriot League; R.C. Johnson, AD, Memphis; Joe Kearney, former commissioner, Western Athletic Conference; George Killian, executive director, NJCAA; Betty Kruczek, former AD, Fitchburg State; Bobby May, AD, Rice; Kerry Moynihan, CEO, Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union; John Swofford, commissioner, ACC; John Toner, former AD, Connecticut; Max Urick, AD, Kansas State; Patty Viverito, commissioner, Gateway Football Conference; Ron Wellman, AD, Wake Forest; Scotty Whitelaw, former commissioner, ECAC; and Tom Wistrcill, commissioner, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

NACDA, which is now in its 34th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,100 college athletics directors, associates, assistants and conference administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Through its series of management seminars, clinics and workshops and publication of the bi-monthly magazine Athletics Administration, NACDA offers educational opportunities to its members. More than 1,200 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. NACDA also owns and operates the two preseason football games, the Kickoff and Pigskin Classics. Additionally, NACDA operates the Sears Directors' Cup program, which honors the all-sports champion in each of the NCAA Divisions -- I, II and III -- and the NAIA, for a total of four trophies.

Continental Airlines, the official airline of NACDA, is the fifth largest airline in the U.S., offering more than 2,200 departures daily to 127 domestic and 79 international destinations. Operating major hubs in Newark, New Jersey; Houston, Texas; and Cleveland, Ohio; Continental has extensive service throughout the Americas, and to Europe and Asia.

Bios on all of the award winners follow.

Jim Livengood, University of Arizona, Division I-A

In the 102-year history of the University of Arizona, Jim Livengood serves as only its eighth director of athletics. Since his arrival in January 1994, Arizona has consistently ranked in the top 10 in the Sears Directors' Cup; the men's basketball team was the national champion in 1997 and also reached the Final Four in 1994; and the softball team has won three of the last five NCAA championships, while the football team won the 1998 Holiday Bowl. Arizona was also recognized by the NCAA as a CHAMPS/Life Skills Program of Excellence in 1998.

During Livengood's tenure, Arizona inaugurated a fully-funded women's soccer program, added seating to the sold-out basketball arena and made $3.75 million in improvements to Arizona's athletics facilities.

Livengood is one of the national leaders on gender equity issues and served on the Pac-10 Gender Equity Committee in 1997-98. He was a member of the NCAA's Gender Equity Task Force in 1991-92 and was on the NCAA Women's Committee on Athletics. Before coming to Arizona, Livengood was the director of athletics at Washington State University for six years where he was vice president of the Pac-10 Conference and directed what is still widely regarded as a model gender equity program. He had also been the athletics director at Southern Illinois University.

NACDA's current president (1998-99), Livengood also serves on the Association's Sears Directors' Cup and Preseason Football Games committees. He had previously served on the Nominating Committee. He is currently the chair of the Pac-10 Bowl Committee and a member of the Pac-10 Revenue Sharing and Enforcement Review committees. He is the conference's athletics director committee liaison to basketball coaches and serves on the Basketball Officiating Committee. He is a past president of the Division I-A Athletics Directors Association and chaired the Division I-A Football Issues Committee.

Livengood earned his B.S. from Brigham Young University and completed his fifth-year education requirement for teaching certification at Central Washington University.

Gary Cunningham, University of California-Santa Barbara, Div. I-AA/I-AAA

In his fourth year as the director of athletics at the University of California-Santa Barbara, Gary Cunningham has led the upgrade to the department's facilities. In 1998, the Gino Filippin/Investec Athletic Strength Center was opened, the first true intercollegiate athletics weight facility in UCSB history.

Additionally, Cunningham spearheaded the development of several key improvements, including renovation of the pool complex, a new tennis facility, a new media room, training room and enhancements to the baseball and softball complexes. On the field, UCSB won six Big West Conference titles and finished 66th in the 1997-98 Sears Directors' Cup standings.

Cunningham had been the director of athletics at Fresno State for nine years before coming to UCSB. During his tenure at Fresno, the athletics program won 46 conference championships and set season and single-game attendance records in six sports. Cunningham also oversaw the transition of Fresno State's move from the Big West Conference to the Western Athletic Conference.

Cunningham was president of NACDA in 1988-89. He is currently chair of NACDA's Finance-Management Committee and is also on the Honors and Awards, Strategic and Long Range Planning, Preseason Football Games and Site Selection committees.

He is chair of the NCAA's Budget and Finance Cabinet and is a member of the Basketball Marketing Subcommittee. He is also the president of the United States Collegiate Sports Council. He has been chair of the Men's Committee on Committees and also served on the Division I Basketball Selection Committee, the Women's Issues Committee and the Committee on Basketball Officiating.

In 1986, he received the Merit Award for Distinguished Service by the University of Wyoming trustees. In 1998, he received the General Robert N. Neyland Lifetime Achievement Award from the All-American Football Foundation. Additionally, in 1981, he was named one of the 200 outstanding athletes in Los Angeles during the past 100 years.

Cunningham received his B.S. degree in physical education in 1962, his master's in physical education in 1965 and his doctorate in education in 1970. He received all of his degrees from UCLA.

Rudy Carvajal, California State University-Bakersfield. Division II

A man committed to the cause of California State University-Bakersfield athletics, Rudy Carvajal has been its director of athletics for the past 27 years. Under Carvajal, CSUB has won 26 NCAA team championships and 152 NCAA individual titles, the most of any Division II institution that does not sponsor indoor and outdoor track and field. In addition, CSUB has won more California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) titles than any current CCAA member, and has won more individual national titles in the 1990s (26) than all other CCAA schools combined. In 1997-98, CSUB won the Division II Sears Directors' Cup, marking the first time a non-football playing institution won the trophy. (The University of California-San Diego shared in this feat in 1997-98). CSUB is also the first member of the 23-campus California State University system to win the Cup.

Carvajal has been instrumental in the development of support for athletics through the CSUB Foundation, a non-profit group that annually provides a majority of CSUB's working budget, including all scholarship monies.

Carvajal was on NACDA's Executive Committee from 1980-84. He is president of the CCAA and is chair of the west region of the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Committee. He is also a member of the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee, NCAA Legislative and Interpretations Committee, NCAA Voting Committee, Intercollegiate Athletic Committee Foundation, Intercollegiate Athletic Advisory Committee and Student-Athletes' Advisory Committee. Carvajal is a former member of the NCAA Interpretations Committee, the NCAA Council, the WAIAW Executive Board and a former president of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

He also received the CSUB Distinguished Service and CSUB Foundation awards.

Judy Sweet, University of California-San Diego, Division III

When she was chosen as the director of athletics at the University of California-San Diego in 1975, Judy Sweet became the first woman in the nation to direct a combined men and women's intercollegiate athletics program. Her 23-sport department has won 19 NCAA championships and the 1997-98 Division III Sears Directors' Cup. This latter achievement marked the first time the Sears Directors' Cup had been won by an institution whose athletics department was led by a woman. Additionally, it was the first time the Sears Directors' Cup had been won by an institution that does not sponsor football. (California State University-Bakersfield shared in this feat in 1997-98.)

In January 1991, Sweet was elected to a two-year term as president of the NCAA, following a two-year appointment as secretary/treasurer, becoming the first woman to serve in these positions. She has also been the chair of the NCAA Budget Subcommittee and the Special Advisory Committee to Review Recommendations Regarding Distribution of Revenues.

Sweet is currently a member of NACDA's Sears Directors' Cup Committee and had been on the NACDA Executive Committee from 1987-91 She is on the NCAA Foundation Board of Directors and National University Board of Directors. She has served on the United States Sports Academy Board of Trustees, United States Olympic Committee Task Force on Minorities and Task Force to Review the NCAA Structure. She is also a former member of National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrator's (NACWAA) Executive Committee.

Sweet was selected by the Los Angeles Times as the Top Southern California College Sports Executive of the '80s. In 1992, she was the recipient of the NACWAA Administrator of the Year Award, the W.S. Bailey Award as the nation's distinguished athletics administrator and the Giant Steps Award in Athletic Administration from the Center for the Study of Sport in Society. In 1993, the California State Senate selected Sweet as the District 39 Woman of the Year. She has been included in several editions of Who's Who and, in 1984, was selected as an Outstanding Young Woman of America.

Sweet is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin where she majored in physical education and mathematics and served as president of the Women's Recreation Association. She earned her M.S. from the University of Arizona and MBA from the National University in San Diego.

Peggy Anderson, Eastern Oregon University, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions

In 1986, Peggy Anderson became the director of athletics at Eastern Oregon University and has turned the program into one of the best in the region. She was the driving force behind the implementation of women's softball at EOU. She has also been a presenter and co-author on women's issues at many national and regional conferences including the NAIA's convention. Anderson is also a professor of physical education and was instrumental in restructuring the curriculum, which is one of the most demanding and popular courses of study at EOU.

Before coming to EOU, Anderson was the associate professor of physical education at New Mexico Highlands University for five years, following an eight-year tenure as assistant professor of physical education at the University of Arizona. At Arizona, Anderson also coached the women's field hockey, cross country and track and field teams for two years.

Anderson is president of the Northwest Intercollegiate Officials Association, chair of the NAIA Pacific Northwest Region and a member of the NAIA Council of Athletic Administrators and the EOU Assembly Athletic, Personnel and School Personnel committees. She is the former president of the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC), has served in various roles in the NAIA District 2 and the Columbia Football Association. She has also been a member of the NAIA Council of District Chairs.

She is a two-time recipient of the NAIA-ADA Female Athletic Administrator of the Year Award, the Pacific Northwest Region Female Athletic Administrator of the Year and CCC Female Athletic Director of the Year Award; and a three-time winner of the District 2 Female Athletic Director of the Year Award. She was also the recipient of the NAIA District 2 Meritorious Service Award.

Anderson received her B.A. from the College of Idaho-Caldwell, her M.S. from the University of Oregon and her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

Vin Cullen, Community College of Rhode Island, Junior/Community Colleges

Vin Cullen has been the director of athletics at the Community College of Rhode Island for the past 34 years and has become synonymous with CCRI athletics. He is the founder of the college's athletics program that encompasses 15 sports, remaining the only director of athletics and basketball coach CCRI has ever had. He boasts a basketball coaching mark of 631-234 and has never missed a game in his 34 years of coaching.

Cullen is a founding member of the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA), and served as its president in 1995. He is NATYCAA's liaison to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and is on NATYCAA's Executive Committee. He is a former member of NACDA's Executive Committee (1977-82) and was NACDA's secretary from 1984-89. He is currently chair of NACDA's Continuing Education Committee and is on NACDA's Honors and Awards, Inter-Association Liaison, Site Selection and Kickoff Classic Games committees. Cullen is chair of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XXI basketball, volleyball and awards committees. He had previously been on the NJCAA Region XXI Soccer Committee and the NJCAA Regional Service Bureau Director.

Cullen has been named the New England Junior College Basketball Coach of the Year 13 times, Colonial States Athletic Conference Coach of the Year nine times, NJCAA Northeast District Coach of the Year four times and was the NJCAA National Basketball Coach of the Year for Division III in 1991. He was inducted into the CCRI Athletics Hall of Fame in 1984, Rhode Island College Athletics Hall of Fame in 1991, Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame in 1994 and NJCAA Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995. He was also the recipient of NATYCAA's L. William Miller Award in 1997.

Cullen earned his bachelor's degree from Rhode Island College and his master's from Wesleyan University. He also had an additional year of graduate study at the University of Wisconsin.