With over three decades of experience in sports business and a passion for teaching, professor Deborah Stroman has made it a priority to empower marginalized students.
Stroman has served as the Director of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Center of Sport Business since its opening in 2016. Kenan-Flagler announced this past summer that the Center of Sports Business will close by December, also terminating her position at the business school.
To many of Stroman’s students at Kenan-Flagler, this was a huge loss. Not only had they lost a resource at UNC, but said they had also lost a beloved professor. Stroman has assured them that she will continue to support them outside of the classroom by advising students and staying involved in the Carolina Sport Business Club. Yet, Stroman said it will be hard to fill in the missing void of the Center of Sports Business, which supplements students' education with talks, networking events and workshops.
“Students are resourceful. I know they’ll find other ways to get the book-knowledge and gain experiences out in the field,” Stroman said. “But there’s no doubt that the things I’ve been able to put together in a creative way is hard to duplicate. And I’m not doing this from egotistical perspective. I am bringing in people who will care about the students just as much as I care about them.”
The Center of Sports Business has run proudly to the finish line with a final Impact Symposium covering the topic of women in sports business. The event, officially called “From High Tops to Pumps: The Evolution of Women in Sport Business,” was held on Friday at the business school.