Stone Receives Well-Deserved Employee of the Year
There is no workplace like Palm Beach Atlantic for Carolyn Stone. PBA's director of Athletics has returned to the University twice, pointing to its "remarkable mission.”
Stone was selected as 2017 employee of the year. She has over 20 years of professional experience in sports management and administration. Her colleagues describe her as: genuine, caring and an effective leader.
“Carolyn is an amazing person. In all that she does she is still willing to give back through mentoring or through our committee, it really speaks volume to her character,” said Jill Willson, president of Double L Consulting who contracts with the NCAA.
During the 1990s, she served as PBA’s first director of campus recreation and later as director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. In addition, she was employed as an adjunct faculty member for the physical education and organizational management departments from 1996 until 2008.
“It was overwhelming receiving the employee of the year award. It’s my job, I do the best I can,” said Stone. “God called me here and I ask Him frequently, am I being a good vessel?”
She began her tenure as the Palm Beach Atlantic University director of athletics in January of 2012. Stone manages the University’s Athletic Department as members of NCAA Division II while also overseeing the Campus Recreation programs. She serves on the President’s Cabinet and works with senior administrators on a host of University issues including contributions to the enrollment revenue management system and crisis management team.
Stone described herself as a shepherd. She leads her staff in the direction they need to go and directs them to “lead with love.” And for her student athletes, she feels like a mother figure. She helps them grow as an athlete and as a person. She strives for students to “find their why” or their purpose in life.
“I would say the most impressive thing about Carolyn is that she is genuinely very passionate about supporting all sports at PBA with her time and attention,” said Brian McMahon, head men’s soccer coach. “She genuinely cares about student athletes and wants the best for them.”
Stone was instrumental in building the athletic department from 150 athletes just five years ago to close to 290 today. She was the driving force behind the development of the Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Campus and the John and Sheila Rinker Sports Center, and she helped the University realize one of its biggest accomplishments – being accepted into the Sunshine State Conference.
“Carolyn is not a boss, she is a leader,” said Courtney Lovely, senior associate athletic director for internal operations/senior woman administrator. “I am so blessed to work with her each and every day. She continues to challenge me to be the best person I can be both personally and professionally.”
“Any truly effective leader must show those they lead a true individual concern outside of the goal they are pushing toward,” said Kent Bottenfield, head baseball coach. “Carolyn loves our athletes and shows it consistently through her words and deeds to them as well as how faithfully she acts on their behalf.”
Stone is a lifetime member of St. Clare Catholic Church in North Palm Beach and volunteers with the Diocese of Palm Beach Office of Family Life.
“Carolyn Stone is the epitome of servant leadership. I consider myself fortunate to have worked alongside Carolyn the past five years. She represents all that is good about intercollegiate athletics and its place in higher education,” said Michael Brown, senior associate A.D. for external operations. “She lives out the PBA way with her character and her determination to reach students where they are. Her passion for building up people and her love for others is what makes this recognition especially sweet.”