UNC BOARD OF GOVERNORS APPROVES                                                                                                 

CULLOWHEE – The University of North Carolina Board of Governors recently authorized Western Carolina University to establish a master's degree program in sport management.

The new degree program, which soon will begin accepting students for August 2006, is designed to prepare graduates for a variety of leadership positions in sports-related careers at high schools and colleges, and with amateur, professional and other sport organizations.

“We are very excited about being authorized to start a master's degree program in sport management,” said Kevin Ayers, director of the sport management program at Western. “The numerous phone calls and e-mails we have received lead us to believe that there is a huge interest in the program.”

The new graduate-level program will build upon Western's existing undergraduate program, which has received national approval from the Sport Management Program Review Council every year since 1996.

“The sport industry has experienced dynamic growth across North Carolina and the United States, and is now recognized as a diverse multi-billion dollar, global enterprise,” Ayers said. “Sport managers must understand the complexities of the business world and develop strategies for their organizations' success in this competitive industry.”

Growth in the popularity of sports has created high demand for managers and administrators. Graduates of Western's new program will be qualified for employment in leadership positions in sport facility management, event management, high school and collegiate athletics, sporting goods manufacturing, and amateur and professional sports organizations.

For more information about the new master's degree program in sport management at Western, contact Ayers at (828) 227-7333.

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