Insights and Observations
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
By Henry Hinton
Ballard leveraging Holland's
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Holland became East Carolina's athletic director in the Fall of 2004, he
took a turnaround management approach. While there is much work to be done,
Holland’s work has made a huge impact on the entire university community.
As such, the
announcement last week by Chancellor Steve Ballard that Holland
is being rewarded with a raise, a new
contract and additional duties within the university seem befitting.
the university’s board of trustees unanimously approved his request to boost
Holland’s job status by adding to his athletic duties the title of Executive
Assistant to the Chancellor.
The new five
year agreement commenced January 1 and will run through the end of 2011.
Holland received a $36,000 raise, making his annual salary this year
needed the stability of leadership when I got here, so I have worked hard at
that,” said Ballard when making the announcement of Holland’s new deal last
week on Talk 1070’s Talk of the Town show. [Replay
Jan. 11 Talk of the Town...]
next couple of years he (Holland) will focus primarily on athletics and then
gradually do more and more things to help me fix things I can’t fix,”
surface, it appears Holland’s new duties will mostly deal in the area of
advancement, which is the academic word for fundraising. Holland’s last
assignment at the University of Virginia was as Special Assistant to the
President. Sound familiar?
the original point man on the fundraising efforts to build the new
16,000-seat John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville where the Cavaliers now
play basketball. The total cost of the project was around $130 million.
Ballard wants to utilize Holland’s varied talents.
part, Holland and wife Ann have fit right into the Greenville community.
While turning heads with his quick decisions to remove coaches in all three
major sports, Holland has garnered widespread support from the Pirate fan
and donor base.
arriving in Greenville, there were questions about how long the Hollands
would stay. At age 65, it seems clear that the legendary UVa basketball
coach is on his last career stop. But he is showing no signs of slowing
“I want to
be here as long as I can contribute and make a difference,” said Holland. “I
certainly have enjoyed the people of the community as well as those who care
about East Carolina University.
critical at East Carolina and it’s critical in any business to keep your
good people and I’m humbled that East Carolina thinks I’m one of its good
time Holland spends outside his normal athletic director duties has yet to
be determined, but Chancellor Ballard is making it clear that the new duties
will not supersede the work of Mickey Dowdy, who was recruited from Virginia
Commonwealth University in June to be the new vice chancellor for
great relationships in our community and throughout North Carolina,” says
Ballard. “He has great background and experience in advancement work but
he’s not going to be taking over anything Mickey Dowdy is doing because
Mickey is a first rate advancement officer. However he can help us all
conceptualize capital campaigns and he’s going to be helping me on that.”
Holland’s new duties will include lobbying elected officials for future ECU
funding initiatives, Ballard indicated that had not been discussed to date
but he would not rule out the possibility.
“Terry is a
great problem solver,” Ballard said. “He’s already helped me work through
some things in the last two years and I want him to continue that role. So
he’ll be doing more and more of those things. But really it will be a lot of
ad hoc problem solving and there will be opportunities that come up that
I’ll want to get him involved in.”
his new duties will not require restructuring in the department of
now,” Holland said. He followed up with a laugh and indicated the only
changes in the immediate future would be the fact that Ballard has requested
to join Billy Godwin’s baseball coaching staff.
is assuming these new duties, I’m going to get more involved in athletics,”
Ballard chuckled. “I have an agreement with the baseball staff that I’ll be
the assistant to the assistant in charge of umpire baiting.”
It is clear
that Ballard and Holland have a mutual respect for each other that has
evolved into a close friendship.
is providing stability,” Holland said. “He’s providing great leadership
which is critical to East Carolina’s future right now. There are a lot of
good things happening in this community and inside the university and we
want to keep them happening. I want to do everything I can to keep it moving
responded with a typical self deprecating comment.
athletic program hides a lot of mistakes the chancellor makes,” laughed
Ballard. “So the longer he stays the longer the chances are that I’ll stay.”
The truth is
that ECU is very fortunate to have them both.
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