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June 2, 1999

Crowley Chosen to Receive Third NACDA Merit of Honor Award

Cleveland, Ohio -- Dr. Joe Crowley, president of the University of Nevada, has been chosen as recipient of the third Merit of Honor Award from the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). This marks only the third time in NACDA's 34-year history the Merit of Honor Award has been presented.

The Merit of Honor Award recognizes an individual "whose superior integrity is displayed in tireless commitment to the highest ideals of athletics in general and intercollegiate athletics in particular." The inaugural Merit of Honor Award was presented to former National Football League Commissioner Pete Rozelle in 1989, while the second award went to Bob Bronzan, former director of athletics at San Jose State University in 1991.

Crowley will receive his award at NACDA's 34th annual Convention, June 13-16. The ceremony will be held on Monday, June 14, at the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon.

Joe Crowley has been a member of the faculty of the University of Nevada since January 1966 and has served as president of the institution for the last 20 years. The University of Nevada is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state, established in 1874 in Elko, Nevada and moved to its Reno campus in 1885. Today, the land-grant institution has 12,500 students from all 50 states and more than 60 foreign countries.

Crowley earned his B.A. in political science from the University of Iowa in 1959, his M.A. in social science from Fresno State in 1963, and his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Washington in 1967. He is a professor in the university's department of political science and has served as chair of that department and the university's Faculty Senate.

Crowley has served on many campus, community and professional organizations, including the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN), United Way of Northern Nevada, Channel 5 Public Television, Sierra Arts Foundation, Reno Rotary Club, the Commission on Colleges of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, the NCAA Council and the NCAA Presidents Commission. In January 1995, he completed a two-year term as president of the NCAA.

The author or editor of numerous books and articles, Crowley writes on educational policy, environmental policy and the presidential nominating process. His latest book, No Equal in the World: An Interpretation of the Academic Presidency, was published in 1994.

Crowley played an instrumental role in the planning and operation of NACDA's 34th annual Convention in Reno.