Recognized as one of the nation’s premier athletics administrators, William C. (Bill) Carr III has earned a sterling reputation built upon unquestioned integrity, expertise and confidentiality. In 1997, Carr returned to executive search and management consultant activities for intercollegiate athletics after completing 12 years combined as Athletics Director at the University of Houston. He is now in his 16th year of creative and energetic service as a valued resource for leadership solutions.
In May 1996, Carr was named to the NCAA Division I-A Management Council, a select group of national leaders responsible for implementing the NCAA restructuring process and determining how the association would govern collegiate athletics. Carr was selected for this important role by the Conference USA Presidents and Directors of Athletics.
Carr was instrumental in facilitating Houston’s move from the Southwest Conference to Conference USA beginning in July 1996, and he also headed C-USA’s football expansion committee while at UH. During that period C-USA added The United States Military Academy and University of Alabama – Birmingham as new members.
Carr was named Houston’s eighth Athletics Director April 16, 1993 after serving as president of Sports Resources Group, Inc. of Charlotte, NC, an intercollegiate athletics management and executive search consulting firm. Prior to that, Carr had served as Vice President of Raycom Management Group, Inc. and as the Executive Director of the non-profit Center Foundation of Clearwater, Fl.
A University of Florida graduate, Carr was an All-America and All-Southeastern Conference center for the Gators as a senior in 1966. After a year with the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and serving 2 years as an officer in the United States Army, Carr returned to his alma mater in 1970. He served as assistant coach, academic advisor, and assistant athletic director before being named Director of Athletics in 1979 at the age of 33, the youngest AD in the country and still the youngest in SEC history.
Carr’s former staff members at Florida and Houston have gone on to great success in intercollegiate athletics and pro sports, earning positions as a Division I conference commissioner, athletics directors (eleven individuals), and as general manager of a professional sports franchise. His ability to select, motivate and develop people marked with excellence has been demonstrated repeatedly.