Athletic Director Judy Rose in her office overlooking Halton Arena. Photo by Chris Crews

Athletic Director Judy Rose announced she will retire after the Spring semester Thursday morning. This marked her 43rd year with Charlotte, 28th year serving as the Athletic Director.

There has been an uproar from the Charlotte 49er fan base after a dismal football season and sudden firing of former men’s basketball head coach Mark Price.

In a statement, UNC Charlotte Chancellor Dr. Phil Dubois said it was “entirely Judy’s decision” to seek retirement.

“I will miss working with her, both personally and professionally. Her work ethic, values, integrity, commitment to student success and understanding of college athletics will make finding her successor a most difficult challenge. She has left a legacy that will be nearly impossible to match,” Dubois said.

When Rose was named to the AD position she was only the third woman to hold the position in a Division I school. Under Rose, the 49ers saw seven new sports added on campus: women’s soccer, indoor and outdoor track for both men and women, football and women’s golf.

During her tenure with the Niners she has had nine NCAA tournament berths for the men’s basketball team, 12 of the 13 WNIT appearances for the women’s basketball program along with their NCAA tournament berths, the success of the men’s soccer program that included a trip to the NCAA Championship game in 2011 and the women’s soccer conference championship and NCAA tournament appearance in the 2016 season.

In her statement Rose said, “This is a difficult announcement to make, with the love I have for the university and the athletic program.”

Dubois will begin to create a search committee and hire a consultant for a new Director of Athletics immediately.

Kathleen Cook is the sports editor of the Niner Times and from Wake Forest, North Carolina. When the junior communication major/journalism minor isn't covering the 49ers, she enjoys spending time with her family, friend, and dog. Kathleen can also be found cheering on the Panthers every Sunday and rooting for the Washington Nationals.