Carolina Leadership Academy renamed for former AD Baddour
Posted January 25, 2012
Chapel Hill, N.C. — The Carolina Leadership Academy has been renamed the Richard A. Baddour Carolina Leadership Academy in honor of UNC’s former director of athletics, who created the program in 2004.
This year marks the eighth year of the Carolina Leadership Academy, providing leadership development programming through interactive workshops, 360-degree feedback, one-on-one coaching, peer mentoring and educational resources.
“I am most grateful to Chancellor (Holden) Thorp and the University of North Carolina,”said Dick Baddour, who has been affiliated with UNC in various roles for the last 46 years. “I was speechless when I heard the announcement. The leadership academy means a great deal to me because it touches every one of our student-athletes and coaches. This is the highest compliment I have ever received.”
The program invests about 4,700 hours per year in training student-athletes and coaches. Approximately 400 student-athletes, including all freshmen, participate each year.
“The Leadership Academy is one of Dick Baddour’s great legacies at Carolina,” said Thorp. “When he created it, the academy was the first of its kind in collegiate athletics. Since then, it’s done so much to help student-athletes, coaches and staff build leadership skills. So this is a perfect way to honor Dick’s own leadership and his service to Carolina.”