Featured this week: Steve Nugent – Dr. Jodi Pettazzoni – Dr. Charles D. Orzech
Steve Nugent has been named the head women’s soccer coach. Nugent, formerly an assistant coach at the University of Georgia, will be the program’s third head coach in school history. He takes over for longtime UNCG coach Eddie Radwanski, who left in December to become Clemson’s head coach. Nugent brings with him more than 21 years of coaching experience at various levels. Noted for his eye for talent, he has helped three different teams to four NCAA tournament berths and was on staff for a pair of NAIA national title-winning teams. In addition, he’s had a hand in developing several full national team members from various countries. The last three years have seen Nugent help Georgia to a combined 37-23-6 record and a pair of NCAA tournament appearances, as an assistant coach working with the goalkeepers and defense.
The Office of Planning and Assessment welcomes Dr. Jodi Pettazzoni as director of academic assessment. She joins UNCG from Averett University, where she served as director of institutional research and effectiveness, overseeing institutional research, assessment and strategic planning. She has previously served at the University of Southern Mississippi as the director of institutional effectiveness, managing both academic and administrative assessment. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history, and a doctorate in higher education administration. She has experience in faculty and staff training and development. She fills the post held by Dr. Steve Zerwas, who left UNCG to serve as associate vice president for institutional effectiveness at Georgia Southern University last summer.
A new book by Dr. Charles D. Orzech (Religious Studies) has been published, by E.J. Brill. “Esoteric Buddhism and the Tantras in East Asia” is the result of an international collaboration of 40 scholars who contributed 88 essays totaling 1,200 pages, providing a comprehensive resource on Esoteric Buddhism and the tantras in their Chinese, Korean and Japanese contexts. Orzech was the general editor. He and the China area editor wrote nine of the articles.