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Rausch Represents WTAMU at Leadership Institute

Oct. 22, 2013

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

Rausch Represents WTAMU at Leadership Institute

CANYON, Texas— From the opening remarks and discussion with NCAA President Mark Emmert, the NCAA Division II Faculty Athletics Representatives Advanced Leadership Institute was a significant opportunity to advance West Texas A&M University and the Lone Star Conference at a national level. Dr. Dave Rausch, Teel Bivins Professor of Political Science and the WTAMU faculty athletics representative, was one of 16 Fellows nationally selected to represent NCAA Division II Athletics.

The Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) is a member of an institution’s faculty or administrative staff designateDr. Dave Rauschd by the institution’s president or chancellor or other appropriate entity to represent the institution and its faculty in the institution’s relationships with the NCAA. The FAR has three critical functions.
• Ensuring a quality student-athlete experience and student-athlete well-being;
• Ensuring the academic integrity of the athletics program; and
• Ensuring institutional control of the athletics program.

The goal of this year’s Institute was to prepare draft documents to serve as a strategic communication resource focusing on the academic and advocacy voice of FARs in communicating with various stakeholders. FAR Fellows participated in activities to help clarify their roles and identify critical functions for FARs at the campus and conference levels, develop leadership skills and engage in dialogue about intercollegiate athletic issues at the national level, including important Division II initiatives.

For more information, please contact Dr. Dave Rausch, Teel Bivins Professor of Political Science, at 806-651-2423 or jrausch@wtamu.edu.


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