Miller Offers Support for Purcell

While University of Richmond athletics director Jim Miller isn't in the mix for NC State's vacant AD position, he believes that Wolfpack Club Executive Director Bobby Purcell should be.

Earlier today Jim Miller informed Pack Pride that he was never a candidate for the position. He is in the process of finalizing an extension with Richmond, where he has been athletics director for 10 years.

However, Miller expressed support for Bobby Purcell, the long-time Executive Director of the Wolfpack Club. Most believe that Purcell is on the short list of candidates to fill the vacancy.

"I have known Bobby Purcell for 20 years," said Miller. "There is no person who cares about the Wolfpack or Wolfpackers more than Bobby. He has already proven his leadership capabilities during good times and tough times at State.

"I truly hope that he is given the opportunity to prove how good an AD he would be."

Purcell, considered to be one of the top fundraisers in the country, oversaw the completion of the $45.2 million Wolfpack Pride Campaign, the $50 million Goal Line Drive Campaign, the $2.6 million Batter Up Campaign, the $1.6 million Advantage Wolfpack Campaign, and has led the Wolfpack Club to consistent nationally-ranked fundraising results both in amount of money raised and annual number of donors.

Recognized by his peers for his stellar accomplishments, Purcell was named University Division Fundraiser of the Year in 2007 by the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) and has also served as president of the NAADD.

It is no secret that he would like to be considered for the job.

"It's kind of always been my career goal to be the AD here at NC State," Purcell said shortly after the position opened up. "It's my passion. I understand... I know that guy sitting on the 10-yard line at Carter-Finley. I know what he feels like."

Because of Purcell's success with the Wolfpack Club several of his former employees have been able to advance their own careers at various college programs and athletic organizations.

Stephen Ponder (Arizona State), Chris Wyrick (Arkansas), Courtenay Carruthers (Atlanta Sports Council, Benji Hollis (Chick-Fil-A Bowl), Joe Hull (College of Charleston AD), Jimmy Bass (ECU), Press McPhaul (ECU), Michael Ward (ECU), Carolyn Center (UGA), Kyle Yeager (JMU), Will Chriscoe (USF), Karlton Creech (UNC), Amy Piland (UNC), Jimmy Garrity (UNC-W), Ryan White (UVA), Brian Thornburg (VT), Brad Darmofal (Wake Forest), Phil Pilewski (Washington), and Niles Eggleston (West Virginia) have all worked under Purcell at NC State.

"I remember when we were winning championships," Purcell previously stated. "That's where we've got to get it back to. We've got to get it back to where NC State belongs."

Miller interacted and worked with Purcell while he was at NC State.

Sources have indicated that recently the list of finalists had been sliced to six and could be cut to two or three this week. A decision could be coming in the near future, and the university will likely not release the names of the finalists.

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