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NAAC Awards

The Compliance Rising Star Award will recognize a young professional with no more than five years of full-time compliance experience who is seen as an emerging leader within the compliance profession.

Rising Star Award Recipients

2018 - Jake Munick, Darmouth College
2018 -
Jeremy Christoffels, Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
Kristina Minor, Rutgers University
2016 -
Taurian Houston, Colgate University
2015 - Eric Schneider, Brown University
Bryan Blair, Rice University
2013 - Andrew Donovan, Marshall University
2012 - Jermaine Truax, Bowling Green State University

For the first time in 2012, NAAC honored a Division II compliance administrator who has a minimum of five years of full-time compliance experience and has demonstrated leadership and vision for compliance initiatives among his or her compliance peers with the Division II Excellence Award.

Division II Excellence Award

2018 - Darnell Smith, University of Central Oklahoma
Katie McGann, UC San Diego
2016 -
Angela Red, McKendree University
2015 - Angela Tressel, GMAC
Molly Belden, Northeast-10 Conference
2013 - Suzanne Killian, Cheyney University
2012 - Carmen Leeds, Emporia State University

The Organizational Leadership Award  will be given to an organizational leader (i.e., athletics director, general counsel, provost, president, commissioner, NCAA executive, etc.) who has demonstrated NCAA compliance leadership and a strong commitment to fostering a culture of compliance to NCAA rules within their organization. In 2016, the Organizational Leadership Award was named after former NACDA Director Emeritus Mike Cleary.

Organizational Leadership Award Recipients:

2018 - Jon Duncan, NCAA
Rob Mullens, University of Oregon
2016 - 
Bob Vecchione, NACDA
2015 Greg Sankey, Southeastern Conference
2014 -
Kevin Lennon, NCAA
2013 - Gene Smith, The Ohio State University
2012 - Warde Manuel, University of Connecticut
2011 - Dutch Baughman, DI-A Athletic Directors' Association
2010 - DeLoss Dodds and Chris Plonsky, University of Texas

The Frank Kara Leadership Award is NAAC's premier award. It is the highest honor that may be bestowed upon compliance professionals. This award, given annually, is named in honor of former University of Minnesota Director of Compliance Frank Kara who was a leader in the compliance field and best known for hosting the inaugural NAAC Workshop in 2006. Sadly, Frank lost his battle with cancer at the age of 40.  

Frank Kara Leadership Award Recipients:

2018 - Susan Peal, NCAA
Dave Roberts, University of South Carolina
- Bob Minnix, Washington State University
2015 - Chris Rogers, University of South Carolina
2014 - Jennifer Condaras, Big East Conference
2013 - David Batson, Texas A&M University
2012 - Julie Cromer, Indiana Univesity
2011 - Kate Hickey, Rutgers University
2010 - Judy Van Horn, University of Michigan
2009 - Joseph D'Antonio, Big East Conference
2008 - Amy Folan, University of Texas at Austin

Convention Stipend Award Recipients