WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Deputy Director of Athletics Pat Howey will retire at the end of next month following 30 years of exemplary service to the UNCW Department of Athletics.

The Wilmington native has been associated with the department since August of 1985 and served in a variety of roles for all six of UNCW’s athletic directors, including two terms as interim athletic director. Howey’s retirement is effective Aug. 31, 2013.

“Pat has been a loyal and well-respected member of our department through many years and many changes,” said Jimmy Bass, UNCW’s third-year athletic director. “She has been involved in every aspect of the department in some fashion. We certainly appreciate her valuable service and wish her the very best in a much-deserved retirement.”

Howey, 49, began her career at UNCW under the program’s founder, William J. “Bill” Brooks, and immediately became a key contributor as the Seahawks flourished in the NCAA Division I ranks. At different intervals, she has served as senior woman’s administrator, assistant athletic director, associate athletic director, senior associate athletic director, interim athletic director and deputy athletic director.

“UNCW has always been very special to me and will continue to be after I leave,” said Howey. “I have many fond memories of the student-athletes, coaches and staff members throughout the years. As an alumnus, I’m especially proud of the growth and contributions of our department as the university has thrived.”

During her tenure, Howey has handled eligibility guidelines for UNCW’s 400+ student-athletes and overseen the development of the department’s Academic Support and CHAMPS/Life Skills programs. She has also served as the department’s liaison with many offices on campus and coordinated community service, educational outreach and promotional activities for student-athletes.

In addition to many of the responsibilities listed above, she has also served as the sports supervisor for women’s basketball, men’s and women’s track and field, men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, softball and baseball. She has also overseen the facilities, sports medicine, strength and conditioning, academics and compliance areas.

Howey was a member of the NCAA Committee on Athletics Certification from 2002-06 and the NCAA Academics/Eligibility/Compliance Committee from 2005-09. A peer reviewer for the NCAA from 1996-2010, she was also a member of the National Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Issues Committee.

Howey was a member of the NCAA’s Academic Cabinet from 2009-11 and NCAA’s Initial Eligibility Subcommittee from 2005-09. She chaired the Initial-Eligibility Waiver Appeals Subcommittee in 2008-09.

The veteran administrator has been very active in the Colonial Athletic Association during UNCW’s membership in the league and has been a member of the CAA’s Competition Committee since 2009.

A recipient of the UNCW Employee Service Award in 2001, she has served on numerous tournament committees and worked as tournament director on many occasions. She was instrumental in bringing the 1994 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship to Wilmington and served as co-director when the event returned to the Country Club of Landfall in 2010.

A former member of the National Association of Collegiate Women’s Athletic Administrators (NACWA), Howey is a 2005 graduate of NACWA’s Institute for Athletics Executives. She was nominated for the YWCA’s Women of Achievement Award in 2004 and served on UNCW’s Task Force on Education and Training Initiatives for Campus Violence Prevention in 2004.

Howey was appointed by former Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo as interim athletic director from April through July, 2007, and briefly in the fall of 2010.

Howey was a three-sport standout at John T. Hoggard High School, competing in softball, basketball and volleyball for the Vikings. She earned her B.S. Degree in Business Administration at UNC Chapel Hill in 1985 and completed her M.S. in Education from UNCW in 1992.