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Senior Associate Athletic Director, University of Georgia Athletic Association

When Vince Dooley steps down on June 30, Damon Evans will become the first African-American Athletic Director in the Southeastern Conferences well as the youngest AD in the SEC. Last year, Sports Illustrated named Damon One of the Most Influential Minorities in Sports.

As Senior Associate Athletic Director, Evans' current responsibilities include serving as the chief financial officer and overseeing the areas of Development, Facilities, Human Resources and Sports Medicine. Damon returned to his alma mater in 1998 after serving as Director and Assistant Commissioner at the Southeastern Conference. Prior to that Damon held a Director's position with the University of Missouri.

Evans received his BBA from the Terry College in 1992. During his football career at Georgia, Damon played in three bowl games and was a member of the '91 and '92 teams that won nine and ten games respectively. As a senior at Gainesville High School, he was named first team All-State, was MVP of the basketball team, and set a school record in the 200-yard dash.

The Oakwood, Georgia, native is married to the former Kerri Budd of Atlanta and they have a son, Cameron, and a daughter, Kennedy.

"What impresses me the most about Damon," said nominator Cooper Embry, "is what he has accomplished in such a short period of time. His success is an example of what hard work, drive and determination will get you. He is a true role model for young professionals."

Terry College is proud to present the 2004 Outstanding Young Alumni Award to Damon Evans.