At the time of her appointment as director of intercollegiate athletics in 1990, Judy Rose was just the third woman to head a Division I athletics program. In 1999-2000, she became the first woman to serve on the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee. She has also served as president of the National Association of College Directors of Athletics.
With the 49ers, Judy Rose has overseen the transition of the athletic program from the Sun Belt Conference to the Metro Conference to Conference USA. Among her other accomplishments are raising the necessary funding to construct the Barnhardt Student Activity Center (Halton Arena), Miltimore-Wallis Athletic Training Center, Irwin Belk Track and Field Center, and Wachovia Fieldhouse. She has been instrumental in attracting national sporting events to Charlotte, including the 1994 Men’s Final Four, 1996 Women’s Final Four, 1997 AAU Junior Olympics, and 1999 and 2000 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer College Cup.
Rose received the Bachelor of Science degree from Winthrop University and Master of Science degree from the University of Tennessee.