Oct. 12, 2001
Clemson, SC – Bobby Robinson, Clemson University Director of Athletics, announced Friday afternoon that Bill D’Andrea, Director of the Student-Athlete Enrichment Center, has been promoted to Senior Associate Athletic Director and will take over Robinson’s duties of overseeing the daily operations of the football and men’s basketball programs at Clemson University. He will maintain his position as Director of Student-Athlete Enrichment and continue to oversee the program at Vickery Hall.
Robinson will assume duties that closely resemble those of a corporate chief executive officer. In addition to maintaining responsibility for the overall Athletic Department at Clemson University, he will focus a majority of his attention on fund raising, major issues facing the department, financial planning and long-range goals of the department.
“With Bill’s promotion to senior associate athletic director responsible for the football and men’s basketball programs, this will enable me to become even more involved with Tiger Pride and raising the necessary dollars to complete our goals in regard to facility renovation and construction,” said Robinson. “Bill has done an outstanding job in developing a model program in Vickery Hall.”
Vickery Hall, a $ 3 million, two-story, 27,000 square-foot building opened in the spring of 1991 and was the first facility in the country built solely for the support of the all-round education of student-athletes. Under the direction of D’Andrea and the Vickery Hall staff, the academic performance of the student-athletes at Clemson University has made significant improvement.
In the spring semester of 2001, Clemson student-athletes achieved a 2.80 grade-point average, a Clemson record. The general student body GPA was 2.82, and the .02 margin was the smallest differential on record. A record 28 student-athletes were named to the President’s List (a perfect 4.0) and a record 97 student-athletes made the dean’s list for the spring semester of 2001. Overall, 215 student-athletes had a 3.0 GPA or better, nearly 50 percent of the 441 student-athletes in the 19 sports at Clemson. A total of seven teams posted GPAs over 3.0 in the spring semester of 2001, the most in school history for a single semester. Six programs posted all-time highs for semester GPA, including football, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s swimming, women’s swimming and rowing teams.
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