JBU'S Dr. Robert Burns Athletic Director of the Year

Siloam Springs, Ark (December 18, 2000) — Dr. Robert Burns, director of intercollegiate athletics and chair of the division of health science at John Brown University was awarded the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletic (NAIA) ADA Athletic Director of the Year for Region VI.

Dr. Burns was voted on by regional members of the Athletic Director's Association and was recognized before his peers at the 60th Annual NAIA National Conference of College Presidents and Athletic Directors in Portland, OR.

The NAIA Region VI encompasses Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arkansas. Dr. Burns, is now completing his 26th year with JBU, with 16 years as the University's Athletic Director. He has remained active in the NAIA throughout his career as Athletic Director (AD) and has most recently served on the task force of a new NAIA initiative - Champions of Character. Dr. Burns has served on the task force that has been challenged to create a program that emphasizes integrity in sport.

"I'm pleased with the recognition," Burns says. "It's an honor to be affirmed by my fellow athletic directors. I'm extremely thankful for the support of the directors, coaches, presidents and athletes."

Dr. Burns has received many awards since he has been involved at John Brown University. Mel Fratzke, JBU provost and dean of the faculty says, "Dr. Burns has positioned the university athletic program for success in all areas. He consistently demonstrates solid leadership skills and is a model of character himself. This has resulted in an outstanding group of young men and women who excel in their sports as well as life."

Throughout its history, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has provided strong leadership for all aspects of intercollegiate sports. Since its introduction of intercollegiate championship basketball in 1937, the NAIA has maintained the highest standards while administering first-rate athletics programs. In the past decade, presidents of the NAIA colleges and universities have assumed a position of responsible leadership.

The NAIA's Council of Presidents, the organization's primary governing body, is comprised of 32 college and university presidents from all regions of the United States. More than 57,000 student-athletes participate in the NAIA, and hundreds of NAIA students are recognized annually as All-American Scholar-Athletes; thousands more are honored on the conference level.

John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,500 students from 46 states and 30 countries. JBU is a member of the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. JBU competes in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC), one of three conferences within NAIA's Region VI.