University of Toledo President Sharon Gaber has named Dr. Mary Powers, professor of pharmacy practice, to serve in the position of UT’s Faculty Athletics Representative for a three-year term beginning Sept. 1.
The position at UT — and all NCAA institutions — serves as an essential liaison between the University’s president, its athletic department, the Mid-American Conference and the NCAA.“Mary’s integrity and knowledge of the University, as well as her experience and understanding of the rules and regulations regarding intercollegiate athletics, make her the ideal choice for this position,” Gaber said. “I look forward to her leadership and collaboration with Athletic Director Mike O’Brien, coaches, academic advisers and student-athletes.”
UT student-athletes have an impressive history of academic accomplishment. For the last 13 semesters, UT student-athletes have collectively averaged higher than a 3.0 grade point average. In spring 2015, all 16 varsity teams averaged greater than a 3.0. 2015 was also the third time in four years that UT’s student-athletes earned the highest GPA in the MAC.
“The academic success our student-athletes have earned demonstrates UT’s commitment to ensuring their excellence in the classroom and ultimately earn that degree,” said O’Brien, vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics. “The Faculty Athletics Representative is an important part of maintaining that culture, and Mary’s experience will only make our team stronger.”
Powers said she looks forward to the opportunity.
“Rocket intercollegiate athletics plays such an important role at UT and in the community, and I look forward to the opportunities and responsibilities that come with this position,” said Powers, who also serves as an associate dean for College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Both Gaber and O’Brien thanked Dr. Celia Regimbal, associate professor of early childhood and special education, who concluded her term as the Faculty Athletics Representative in August.