TALBOT “SANDY” D’ALEMBERTE
Talbot (“Sandy”) D’Alemberte was appointed president of The Florida
State University on November 29, 1993, by the Florida Board of Regents, and took office on January 3, 1994. His grandfather attended the Seminary West of the Suwannee and his mother attended the Florida State College for Women; the two institutions were predecessors to The Florida State University.
D’Alemberte served as the fourth dean of the FSU College of Law from 1984 to 1989 and continues to teach as a member of the University faculty.
In a special “Profiles in Power” section, the April 15, 1985, edition of the National Law Journal listed D’Alemberte as one of the 100 most powerful lawyers in the United States. He was the only law school dean listed and one of only ten members of law school faculties. He is an active member of many legal and higher educational committees and boards, including numerous American Bar Association committees, state and regional bar associations, the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Lawyers’ Committee on Civil Rights Under Law, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Florida Council of 100, the Business-Higher Education Forum, the Campus Compact, the Advisory Board of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University, the Mildred and Claude Pepper Foundation Board of Directors, the Academic Task Force on Hurricane Catastrophe Insurance which identifies ways to provide affordable hurricane insurance coverage to all Floridians, and several FSU committees and boards including the FSU Foundation, the FSU Alumni Association, the Collins Center for Public Policy, the Caribbean Law Institute and the Seminole Boosters Inc.
D’Alemberte was the 1991-1992 president of the American Bar Association and the 1982-1984 president of the American Judicature Society. He represented Dade County in the Florida House of Representatives from 1966 to 1972 and chaired several legislative committees. After leaving the Florida Legislature he chaired the Florida Constitution Revision Commission in 1977-1978 and the Florida Commission on Ethics in 1974-1975.
D’Alemberte practiced law with the Steel Hector & Davis law firm in Miami and Tallahassee where he first began his legal career in 1962 and was named partner in 1965.
D’Alemberte’s book, The Florida Constitution, was published by Greenwood Press in 1991. He co-edited the 1990 four-volume work, The Florida Civil Trial Guide, and has authored over twenty published articles.
Born June 1, 1933, in Tallahassee, D’Alemberte was educated in public schools in Tallahassee and Chattahoochee, Florida. In 1955 he earned his bachelor of arts degree with honors in political science from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee and also attended summer school at FSU and the University of Virginia. After military service as a lieutenant in the Naval Reserve, D’Alemberte studied on a Rotary Foundation fellowship at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 1962 he received his juris doctor with honors from the University of Florida where he was named to the Order of the Coif, served as president of the Student Bar Association, was captain of the moot court team and received the J. Hillis Miller Award as the outstanding law graduate.
He is the father of two grown children, Gabrielle, a graduate of the University of Denver Law School, and Joshua Talbot, a graduate of his father’s alma mater, the University of the South, and a public school teacher in Homestead, Florida.
D’Alemberte is married to Patsy Palmer, former children’s policy coordinator in Florida Governor Lawton Chiles’ office. She has been a journalist, legislative aide and White House staff member; she holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri in journalism and a master’s degree from the Harvard Divinity School. D’Alemberte’s personal interests include racquetball, tennis, sailing, squash, and flying.
Dave Hart, Jr.
Director of Athletics
Dave Hart, Jr., became Florida State’s 10th athletics director after a national search selected the former East Carolina athletics director in February, 1995. Hart, 47, has gained national recognition for his skills in the areas of athletics management, public relations, marketing and fund-raising. He brought to Florida State an outstanding reputation as one of the country’s most respected athletics directors.
East Carolina University athletics enjoyed an enhanced image and reputation under Hart’s leadership and he structured several programs of significance within the department. The most notable is ECU’s comprehensive Student Development Program for all student-athletes.
While at East Carolina, the athletics department made great strides in revenue growth and facility enhancement. The athletics budget doubled during Hart’s tenure and he initiated programs that tripled the budget for women’s athletics. He planned and managed growth in the Pirates’ athletic facilities totaling nearly $30 million.
Hart has served on several prestigious committees during his career as an athletics administrator. In January, 1993, he was appointed to the NCAA Council. He also served on the NCAA’s Special Events/Post Season Bowls Committee and chaired committees on marketing and gender equity. He currently serves as Chairman for the Missions and Values Committee of the I-A Athletic Directors’ Association in conjunction with the NCAA Foundation and was recently selected to represent athletic directors nationwide on the board of “Power of One,” which is a collaborative effort to unite the leadership organizations within intercollegiate athletics in order to better promote college sports. Hart is a member of the Excutive Committee of the National Association of Collegiate Athletics Directors’ while serving as an officer for both NACDA and the I-A Athletics Directors Associations.
A popular speaker at the national level and the author of a number of articles for national publications, Hart has made numerous speaking presentations to conventions and seminars on program management, student-athlete welfare, marketing, fund-raising and personnel transition. For the past nine years, he has been an instructor at the National Association of College Directors of Athletics’ Management Institute.
Just the 10th athletics director in FSU history, Hart officially began his duties at Florida State on March 20, 1995. Since his arrival at FSU, Hart has restructured the administrative staff, negotiated major contracts totaling more than 19 million dollars, prioritized the planning of a women’s soccer/softball complex, initiated a comprehensive athletics facilities master plan, developed an extensive Life Skills program for all student-athletes and set a stated departmental goal for comprehensive excellence through pursuit of long term improvement towards the Sears Directors’ Cup, which is emblematic of total program success in intercollegiate athletics.
A 1971 graduate of Alabama, Hart played basketball for the Crimson Tide and earned a master’s degree in 1972 while serving as a graduate assistant basketball coach. He coached and taught at the high school level before joining the East Carolina athletics program in 1983.
Hart met his wife, the former Pam Humble, while at Alabama and they have three children : Rick (26), Jamie (24) and Kelly (21).
Charles W. Ehrhardt
Faculty Athletic Committee Chairman
As the Chairman of the FSU Athletic Board, Professor of Law Charles
Ehrhardt is an important link for Florida State with the National Collegiate Athletic Association and Atlantic Coast Conference.
Last year, he served as President of the ACC and as a member of the NCAA’s Eligibility Committee. Earlier during his tenure as the athletic board chair, he was elected president of the NCAA’s Faculty Athletic Representative Association, was a member of the NCAA Pres-ident’s Commission Liaison Committee and the Special Committee to Study the NCAA Enforcement and Infractions Process. He twice served as president of the Metro Conference. As a Commissioner to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, Ehrhardt is involved in drafting legislation for a uniform state law regulating the activities of sports agents.
A highly-respected expert in the field of evidence, Ehrhardt is the Ladd Professor of Evidence in the Florida State University College of Law, where he has taught for thirty years. He wrote the Florida Evidence Code, passed by the Florida Legislature, which regulates the admissibility of evidence during court trials. Ehrhardt has written books on evidence and trial objections, which are frequently cited and relied upon by courts.
Ehrhardt is in demand as a lecturer and speaker. He works with lawyers and judges nationwide as a consultant on evidence matters. He currently teaches in the areas of torts, evidence, trial advocacy and sports law. He has been honored four times as the outstanding professor in FSU’s College of Law. He was the recipient of a University Teaching Award in 1989 and the Professorial Excellence Award in 1997.
A native of Elkader, Iowa, Ehrhardt received a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University. He went on to the University of Iowa, where he earned his law degree in 1964. Before coming to Tallahassee, he was an Assistant United States Attorney.
Ehrhardt and his wife, the former Judy Sutton, have three children.
Charlie Carr enters his third year as senior associate athletics director at Florida State in 1997. FSU athletics director Dave Hart named his longtime associate to the number two spot on his staff when he accepted the job in 1995.
Prior to coming to FSU, Carr served under Hart as an associate athletics director at East Carolina University for four years and was executive director of ECU’s educational foundation from 1988 until his elevation to associate AD.
Carr’s responsibilities at Florida State include assisting in managing all phases of the department’s daily operation. He serves as the department’s spokesman in the AD’s absence and acts as the athletics department’s contact and liaison for campus and community organizations.
Carr also is charged with overseeing departmental personnel in addition to the administration of the Seminole baseball, cross country, golf, track and volley-ball programs.
A well-known member of the college athletics scene in North Carolina as a player, coach and administrator, Carr was athletics director at Mississippi State from 1985-87.
Carr played football and baseball at North Carolina where he earned his master’s degree in 1970. He played two years of professional baseball in the N.Y. Mets organization before becoming an assistant football coach at his alma mater from 1971-75 under Bill Dooley. He then coached at Rice University from 1975-78.
He returned to UNC in 1978 to begin administrative work as senior associate athletics director until his appointment at Mississippi State.
Carr and his wife, Dee, have one daughter Caitlin (14).
President - Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte Provost - Larry Abele Dean of the Faculties & Deputy Provost - Dr. Steve Edwards Vice President for Research - Dr. Robert M. Johnson Vice President for Student Affairs - Dr. Jon Dalton Vice President for Finance & Administration - John R. Carnaghi Vice President for University Relations - Beverly B. Spencer
Athletics Director - Dave Hart, Jr. Senior Associate Athletics Director - Charlie Carr Associate Athletics Director for Finance - Charles Hurst Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator - Kim Record Associate Athletics Director for Compliance/Legal Affairs - Bob Minnix Assistant Athletics Director for Football Operations - Andy Urbanic Assistant Athletics Director for Basketball Operations - Guy Morgan Assistant Athletics Director for Business - Greg Phillips Director of Marketing & Promotions - Scott Kull Facilities Coordinator - Bernie Waxman Director of Student Development - Pam Overton Sports Information Director - Rob Wilson