North Carolina Charlotte Director of Athletics Judy Rose is one of the most successful and well-respected athletics directors in the nation.
At the time of her appointment in 1990, she became the third female in charge of a Division I program. In 1999-2000, she became the first female to serve on the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee. She also served, in 2003-04, as president of NACDA.
With the 49ers, she has overseen the 49ers moves from the Sun Belt Conference to the Metro Conference to Conference USA and onto the Atlantic 10 in 2005-06. She has helped raise monies for new athletics facilities, including the James H. Barnhardt Student Activity Center (Dale F. Halton Arena), the Miltimore-Wallis Athletics and Academic Training Center, the Irwin Belk Track and Field Center (Transamerica Field), the Wachovia Fieldhouse and Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium (Baseball).
At the same time, it has been under her leadership that the 49ers athletics program has enjoyed its best success. Since she became AD, 14 of the school's athletics programs have either won league titles or been represented in NCAA play, or both. In addition, it is under her watch that the 49ers department has expanded to include opportunities in women's soccer and men's and women's track and field.
Along the way, Rose has reaped her share of awards, most notably the 2001 NACDA Southeast Region Athletics Director of the Year Award. Other awards have included the Pegasus Award in 1999, the 1996 Bob Quincy Award by the Charlotte Sportsman Club, and the 1996 Charlotte Regional Sports Commission "Sixth-Man" Award for city-wide athletics achievement. She was selected the 1996 Woman of the Year in Charlotte and was named the 1997 Citizen of the Year by the University Chamber of Commerce. In 1986, she became the first female inducted into the Blacksburg (S.C.) Hall of Fame and she received her 25-Year Service Award from UNC Charlotte in 2000.
She was inducted into Winthrop's Athletics Hall of Fame, was named one of the city's Top Businesswomen by the Business Journal and was recognized with the Judy Wilkins Rose endowment at the University YMCA under Y Pathways program, this fall.
Chancellor J.H. Woodward appointed Judy Rose director of athletics at UNC Charlotte, July 1, 1990. But Rose's commitment to Charlotte's athletics programs started well before that. Rose joined the program in 1975 as women's basketball and tennis coach. She was promoted to assistant athletics director in 1981 and was named associate director of athletics in 1985 as chief administrator to then-athletics director and men's basketball coach Jeff Mullins. In 1990, Mullins was asked by the UNC Board of Governors to relinquish his dual role. Upon that recommendation, Dr. Woodward promoted Mullins to associate vice chancellor/men's basketball coach and Rose was named director of athletics.
Rose graduated with her bachelor's degree in physical education in 1974 from Winthrop, where she lettered in basketball. She received her master's degree in physical education from Tennessee in 1975. At UT, Rose was an assistant coach under Pat Summitt.
A native of Blacksburg (SC), Rose and husband Ken were married July 19, 1986. They live in Denver (N.C.).