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Eight New Members Join NCSHOF Board of Directors

By Brian Morrison, NCSHOF Media Relations, 06/22/21, 10:45AM EDT


They began their initial three-year terms on the Board on June 1

Raleigh, North Carolina -- Jeff Elliott, Executive Director of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, has announced eight new members of the NCSHOF Board of Directors. 

They began their initial three-year terms on the Board on June 1 as other members rotate off according to NCHSOF guidelines. 

The new Board members include James Beaty, Jr., Ken Carrick, Sue Doran, Ron Green, Jr., Cristy McKinney, Jim O’Brien, John Swofford and Rick Webb. 

“We are really pleased to have so many outstanding individuals from a variety of backgrounds to join the Board of Directors,” said Elliott. “We are confident that they will make major contributions to the mission of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.” 

A brief biography of each new member follows: 

James Beaty, Jr.: the retired United States District Judge, who served in that role for 24 years, and civic leader grew up in Thomasville, graduated from Western Carolina where he was a three-year football letterman, and then attended the UNC School of Law. After an active law practice for seven years, he was appointed by Governor Jim Hunt as a special superior court judge and later by President Bill Clinton as a U.S. judge for the Middle District of North Carolina. 

Ken Carrick: an executive search professional, Carrick has extensive experience with recruiting leaders for a variety of roles, including college and professional athletics. A four-sport athlete at East Davidson High School and four-year football starter at Catawba College, the Charlotte resident has served on a host of boards, which includes the Catawba College Alumni Board, and has been very involved in community service. 

Sue Doran: the director of athletics for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system since 2011, after five years as the assistant director, Doran has a wealth of women’s basketball coaching experience, and she also worked in administration at the collegiate level at Maryland and N.C. State. She has her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of West Georgia. Doran has also been extensively involved in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. 

Ron Green, Jr.: a native of Charlotte and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Green worked for the Chapel Hill Newspaper, the Greenville (SC) News and the Charlotte Observer for more than 30 years, with the bulk of that time with the Observer. The son of NCSHOF member Ron Green Sr., he is now the senior writer for Global Golf Post magazine, covering the PGA Tour and professional golf, and recently concluded a term as President of the Golf Writers Association of America. 

Cristy McKinney: a basketball star at East Rowan High School and then an All-American at N.C. State for famed coach Kay Yow, McKinney was a head women’s basketball coach at three universities, including Clemson, and was inducted into the Rice University Athletic Hall of Fame after coaching there. A member of the Salisbury/Rowan County Hall of Fame, she currently resides in Blowing Rock. 

Jim O’Brien: a partner in the law firm of Poyner Spruill LLP in Raleigh, where he has practiced over 25 years, O’Brien is a business and sports/entertainment lawyer who has represented pro sports teams, team owners and businesses in many other industries. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned his law degree at the University of California, Berkley. He has also worked with a number of non-profit organizations during his career. 

John Swofford: a native of North Wilkesboro, Swofford recently retired after 24 years as commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the longest-tenured commissioner in league history. A two-year, all-state quarterback at Wilkes Central High School, Swofford attended University of North Carolina where he started at quarterback as a sophomore and eventually played on two bowl teams as a junior and senior. He later served as athletic director at UNC for 17 years. A resident of Greensboro, Swofford was inducted into the NCSHOF in 2009.

Rick Webb: a resident of Cary, Webb retired last year from Accenture after serving over 16 years as a managing director in the Health and Public Service practice. He had held various executive leadership rules in Accenture’s North American Public Service practice and previously held executive leadership roles at PriceWaterhouseCooper, IBM and in state government. Born in Waynesville, he is a graduate of Tuscola High School and has his bachelor’s degree from UNC-Greensboro. 

The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, which inducted its first class in 1963, celebrates extraordinary athletic achievement and leadership. The Hall commemorates and memorializes exceptional accomplishments in sports for the inspiration and enjoyment of all North Carolinians, especially youth, through popular exhibits and educational displays. A collection of memorabilia from many of the nearly 400 Hall of Fame members is showcased in the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame gallery in the North Carolina Museum of History.  

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