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Athletics Visioning Team

Updated timeline (as of summer 2012)

The University of West Florida Athletics Visioning Team was appointed by UWF President Judith Bense in 2009 and began reviewing several areas to confirm the direction of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University.  The committee was split into two groups, led by co-chairs Joe Ambersley and Randy Sansom.

In August of 2009, the committee presented its final recommendations to UWF President Bense, which included a three-step process: strengthening the program’s current position, improving facilities, and becoming a Division I institution while also incorporating football.  On March 15, 2010, UWF President Bense presented her presidential response, which included a timeline for the university to move toward a decision in summer 2011 regarding the potential addition of Division II football.  The culmination of President Bense's work plan was the creation and charge of a football feasibility committee.

For minutes of the committee's meetings and other information, view the links below.  For general information or to communicate your thoughts to the committee, please send email correspondence to

January 6, 2009: UWF Alumni Room, Building 12 (4:00 p.m.)
- Minutes
- PowerPoint Presentation

January 23, 2009: Florida Public Archeology Network (207 E. Main St.), Conference Room (4:00 p.m.)
- Executive Committee Meeting
- Minutes

February 9, 2009: UC Nautilus Chamber (4:00 p.m.)
- Minutes

February 23, 2009: Argonaut Athletic Club (4:00 p.m.)
- Sports Review Subcommittee
- Minutes

February 24, 2009: Argonaut Athletic Club (9:00 a.m.)
- Divisional Alignment Subcommittee
- Minutes

March 10, 2009: Argonaut Athletic Club (9:00 a.m.)
- Minutes

April 6, 2009: Argonaut Athletic Club (4:00 p.m.)
- Minutes

May 28, 2009: Argonaut Athletic Club (4:00 p.m.)
- Minutes

June 30, 2009: Argonaut Athletic Club (4:00 p.m.)
- Minutes
- NACDA Final Report PowerPoint

July 21, 2009: Argonaut Athletic Club (4:00 p.m.)
- Minutes

July 27, 2009: UWF Field House, Room 154 (4:00 p.m.)
- Executive Committee Meeting to Develop Recommendations Document

July 30, 2009: UWF Field House, Room 154 (3:30 p.m.)
- Executive Committee Meeting to Develop Recommendations Document
- Preliminary Draft of Recommendations Document

August 11, 2009: Argonaut Athletic Club (4:00 p.m.)
- Minutes

August 18, 2009: Recreation Conference Room, Bldg 72, Room 270 (4:00 p.m.)
- Executive Committee Meeting to Finalize Recommendations Document
- Final Draft of Recommendations Document
- NACDA Consulting Executive Summary

Joe Ambersley, Former UWF Athletic Director
Randy Sansom, UWF IAAC Representative

Division Alignment Subcommittee: (Chaired by Joe Ambersley)
Dick Baker, Community Representative
Brian C. Braziel, Community Representative
Don Chu, UWF Academic Affairs Representative
Bill Elliott, UWF Coaches Representative
Erica Laxson, UWF Graduate Student and SAAC Representative
Jerry Maygarden, Community Representative
Ray Palmer, Pensacola Sports Association
Dave Scott, UWF Athletic Director
Dan Shugart, WEAR TV 3 Representative
Frank Walker, UWF Alumni Representative
Pat Wentz, UWF IAAC Representative

Support Staff:
Meghan Barter, UWF Senior Assistant Athletic Director
Deborah Ford, Former UWF Vice President of Student Affairs

Sports Review Subcommittee: (Chaired by Randy Sansom)
Richard Berg, Former UWF Athletic Director
Amanda Clonts, UWF Undergraduate Student and SGA President
Kevin Doyle, Pensacola News Journal Representative
Richard Fountain, UWF Foundation Representative
Chad Gilliland, Andrews Institute Representative
April Jardine, UWF Undergraduate Student and Former SGA President
Morris Marx, Former UWF President
Steve Morse, Sacred Heart Representative
Steve Riggs, UWF Foundation Representative
Alexis Tibbets, Okaloosa Country School District Representative
Dean Van Galen, Former UWF Vice President of University Advancement
Pat Windham, Community Representative

Support Staff:
William Healey, Former UWF Executive Director of Student Life, PSA President
Tony Nguyen, UWF Assistant Athletic Director

Jan. 5, 2009 - Initial Announcement
Jan. 7, 2009 - Meeting 1 Recap
May 15, 2009 - May 28 Meeting Announcement
June 24, 2009 - June 30 Meeting Announcement
July 20, 2009 - July 21 Meeting Announcement
July 23, 2009 - July 20 Meeting Recap, August 11 Meeting Announcement
Mar. 12, 2010 - Mar. 15 Reception Announcement
Mar. 15, 2010 - Athletics Visioning Team Presidential Response
June 7, 2010 - UWF Partners With EMO/ARCHITECTS, INC. for Facilities Master Plan
Sept. 16, 2010 - Facilities Master Plan Sept. 22 Press Conference Announcement
Sept. 22, 2010 - Facilities Master Plan Press Conference Recap

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