ECU's Jimmy Bass Interviews For UNCW AD Job

Jimmy Bass, Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Operations at East Carolina University, has met with the search committee.

A source close to Bass confirmed the interview to WITN Monday morning but would not elaborate on the process.

Bass has not been reached for comment.

Monday morning UNCW scheduled an emergency meeting by conference call of the Board of Trustees Executive Committee at 4 p.m. in Alderman Hall, Room 110.

The agenda item for consideration will be discussed in closed session in order to "establish or instruct the staff or agent concerning the negotiation of the amount of compensation or other terms of an employment contract" and to "consider the qualifications, competence, performance, condition of appointment of a public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee."

Bass was the first full time fundraiser and executive director of the UNCW Seahawk Club (1986-1989). In his three years he helped to increase membership from 250 to 1,100.

Bass was appointed to his position at ECU in 2006. He currently oversees all fundraising, marketing, promotional, ticketing and media relations efforts for ECU.

From 1989 to 1994 the Dunn, NC native served as ECU's Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing.

Outside of a six-month stay at Mississippi State University where he served as Senior Associate Director of Athletics, Bass has spent the bulk of his career in North Carolina with stops at Davidson

Davidson (1979-81), North Carolina State (1981-1986, 1994-2005), UNC Wilmington (1986-1989) and East Carolina. He also served an 11-month stint as Director of Development at the University of Pittsburgh (Pa.) in 1994.

As Associate Executive Director of the Wolfpack Club from April, 2000 to July, 2005, Bass directed the strategic planning and the execution of the Goal Line Drive, a five-year campaign which raised over $60,000,000 for expansion and improvements at Carter-Finley Stadium. During the same time, he also spearheaded the foresight and operation of the Batter Up Campaign for the renovation of Doak Baseball Field and the Advantage Wolfpack Campaign for the construction of the Isenhour Indoor Tennis Center.

He earned a bachelor's degree in speech communication from N.C. State in 1978 before adding a master's in sports administration from Ohio University in 1980 and is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD).

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  • by Richard Location: Holden Beach on Oct 20, 2010 at 08:50 AM
    Good luck Jimmy, You are taking on one tough challange, but I believe you are up to it. UNCW's program is currently a mess; the good news is that it has only one direction to go (up).
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Oct 20, 2010 at 07:41 AM
    Wisdom, you would be more apt to know this than me since you live down there, but I've heard that they were talking about trying to get a football program started at UNCW, but that's only what I have heard, so it could be wrong. Anyways, best of luck to Jimmy.
  • by wisdom Location: wilmington on Oct 19, 2010 at 06:05 AM
    I reside in the Wilmington area and UNCW is a dysfunctional program that has not addressed the root cause of their problem....the Chancellor. This will be the fourth AD during her tenure.If you have been married four times it would eventually dawn on you that "YOU" are the problem ! If it were me personally , I would run from this opportunity.The money has dried up and they are operating on a very limited budget. They have alienated their alumni and fans , who are reluctant to contribute to a program in disarray.

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