Mountain West Announces Staff Promotions

July 10, 2012


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson has announced the promotion of Carolayne Henry to Senior Associate Commissioner for Compliance, Dan Butterly to Senior Associate Commissioner, Kim Melcher to Assistant Commissioner for Communications and Dawn Anderson to Assistant Commissioner for Championships. In addition, John Sullivan was named Assistant Director of Operations.

Now in her 14th year with the Mountain West, Henry is being promoted from Associate Commissioner to Senior Associate Commissioner for Compliance. She oversees NCAA rules compliance and governance, conducts the MW's background check program for game officials, and serves as the staff liaison to various MW committees. Henry also works on MW Board of Directors matters as well as with the MW Joint Council (athletics directors, senior woman administrators, faculty athletic representatives). She handles all MW and NCAA legislative issues and coordination of various MW committee meetings. In addition to her Conference responsibilities, Henry will serve the 2012-13 academic year as chair of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee, which is responsible for administering the Division I Women's Basketball Championship. A member of the University of Michigan women's basketball team from 1982-86, Henry graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science from Michigan in 1986. The Battle Creek, Mich., native went on to study at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, earning a Juris Doctor in 1990. A former judicial law clerk in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Henry is a member of the Pennsylvania State Bar.

Also entering his 14th year with the Mountain West, Butterly is being elevated from Associate Commissioner for Marketing to Senior Associate Commissioner. He directs the Conference's branding and marketing efforts, working with the MW Joint Council, as well as each member institution's marketing, ticketing, licensing and development staffs. As part of his role as sport administrator for men's basketball, he serves as the tournament manager for the MW Basketball Men's and Women's Championships, as well as the four NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Basketball tournaments hosted by the Conference since 2004. Most recently, he was the tournament manager for the 2012 Women's Final Four and 2011 Men's Second/Third Rounds in Denver. Butterly also works with sponsorship rights holder CBS Sports Network on the Mountain West corporate partnership program, as well as manages all licensing endeavors for the conference. A native of Washington, Ill., received his bachelor's degree from Illinois State University and is currently working on his master's degree in sports administration at Ohio University.

Melcher enters her seventh year with the Mountain West and is being promoted to Assistant Commissioner for Communications after having spent the first six years as Director of Communications. In her role at the MW, Melcher serves as the primary media contact for men's basketball and softball, in addition to assisting with the overall communications operation. She also oversees the league's academic awards program and manages the day-to-day office administration. Hailing from Newton, Kan., Melcher holds a bachelor's degree in finance and a master's degree in sports administration from Wichita State University.

Anderson, who joined the Mountain West staff as the Director of Championships in October, 2008, is being elevated to the title of Assistant Commissioner for Championships. She serves as the sport and championship administrator for women's soccer, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field and men's golf. In addition to managing the league's championship merchandise program and assisting with the overall championships operation, she recently supervised the redesign of the MW trophies and awards. A Stratford, Conn., native, Anderson earned a bachelor's degree in sports management from Springfield College in 2007.

Now in his third year with the Mountain West, Sullivan makes the transition to Assistant Director of Operations following a two-year stint as the Championships Coordinator. In his expanded role, he will take on oversight of the athletic awards program and serve as the sport and championship administrator for men's and women's cross country. He will also continue to provide support for the overall championships and football operations. A native of Tehachapi, Calif., Sullivan earned All-American honors as a placekicker for the University of New Mexico football squad in 2007. He graduated from UNM in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in exercise science and earned a master's degree in sports administration from Fresno State in 2011.