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Dartmouth grads make Black Enterprise's Top 50

The March 2005 issue of Black Enterprise magazine features the 50 most powerful African Americans in sports, and four are Dartmouth graduates. Of the four, three are former student-athletes for the Big Green.

Reggie Williams '76, one of Dartmouth's most prominent athletes, is vice president of Disney World Attractions. Williams enjoyed a 14-year career as an All-Pro linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals. He made two Super Bowl appearances with the Bengals (1982, 1989) and was named the NFL's Man of the Year in 1986.

A first team All-America selection in 1975, Williams earned first team All-Ivy recognition for three straight years from 1973-75. With 370 tackles in his varsity career, he is second all-time at Dartmouth in that category. His 135 tackles during the 1974 season remain the seventh-most for the Big Green. A two-sport athlete, Williams was first team All-Ivy in wresting in 1975.

According to Black Enterprise, Williams directly oversaw the construction of Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex, a 200-acre venue that hosted more than 180 events in 30 sports in 2004.

Jimmie Lee Solomon '78 is senior vice president of baseball operations for MLB (Major League Baseball). Solomon was a wide receiver on the Dartmouth football team and an All-Ivy sprinter for track & field. During two varsity football seasons, he caught 37 passes for 420 yards.

His job description touches virtually every aspect of Major League Baseball. He oversees major league, minor league and international operations as well as the Major League Scouting Bureau and the Arizona Fall League. He implements and enforces major league rules and regulations, reviews game protests and club-to-club grievances and handles approval of contracts, facilities and ground rules.

A men's basketball player for Dartmouth from 1976-79, Kery D. Davis '79 is senior vice president of sports programming for HBO. He oversees negotiations and programming planning for HBO's World Championship Boxing and Boxing After Dark series. According to Black Enterprise, Davis also handles the programming for Boxeo de Oro, the boxing series promoted by Oscar de la Hoya on the HBO Latino service.

Davis earned three varsity letters at Dartmouth as well as a freshman letter during the 1975-76 season, when first-year players were ineligible for varsity competition.

The fourth member of the list is Pamela  M.Wheeler '89, director of operations for the Women's National Basketball Players Association. In that role, Wheeler coordinates negotiations between the WNBA and the players. While an undergraduate at Dartmouth, Wheeler was not a varsity athlete.

According to Black Enterprise, in June 1999, Wheeler developed the first collective bargaining agreement in women's professional sports.


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Last Updated: 12/17/08