Dan Rooney to Receive Inaugural Allan H. (Bud) Selig Mentoring Award
Nov. 29, 2007
Cleveland, OH - Dan Rooney, chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers, was voted the recipient of the Inaugural Selig Mentoring Award by the McLendon Foundation Steering Committee comprised of the 15 minority Division I-A athletics directors. Rooney will be honored at the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Luncheon on Tuesday, December 18 at the Wolstein Center on the campus of Cleveland State University.
The award is named in honor of MLB Commissioner Allan (Bud) Selig for those in athletics administration that have gone over and above in creating equal opportunities for minorities in athletics administration.
Rooney has been a staple in the Steelers' organization for 50-plus years, continuing the standards and tradition instilled by his father, Art, when he founded the team in 1933. Rooney was named president of the team in 1975 and served in that role until 2003, when he turned the reign of presidency over to his eldest son, Arthur J. Rooney II.
Rooney has also been a central figured in NFL operations over the past 26 years. He is a member of several NFL committees, including chairman of the six-person Diversity Committee, which is charged with establishing guidelines for hiring head coaches in the NFL.. In 2003, Rooney and the Diversity Committee helped institute what has become known as the "The Rooney Rule," which states that teams were required to interview at least one minority candidate when filling a head coaching position, or be fined.
"What the Diversity Committee helped implement in 2003 has helped give minorities a chance in the NFL coaching ranks," stated Kevin Anderson, the Division I-A McLendon Steering Committee chair and director of athletics at the United States Military Academy. "As chairman of the McLendon Steering Committee, I want to applaud the efforts of Mr. Rooney and that committee."
Rooney is know for his open, practical and efficient management style, while also being commended for molding a professional sports franchise with a low-key approach and delegation of responsiblities to his well-informed staff. He continues to maintain an excellent relationship with both local and national media by being accessible and honest.
Rooney and his father Art became just the second father-son duo to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Dan was inducted to the Hall in 2000, while his father was honored in 1964.
The luncheon will also honor six minority athletics administrators, The "Legends Class," into the first Hall of Fame that will honor minority collegiate and professional athletics administrators. The 2007 Legends Class consists of those honorees who have left their mark in athletics history by becoming the FIRST African-Americans to hold the following positions: NBA General Manager, Wayne Embry; NCAA President, Dr. James Frank; NFL General Manager, Ozzie Newsome; NACDA President, Gene Smith; NAIA & USOC Presidents, Dr. LeRoy Walker; and MLB National League President, Bill White.
About the John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Foundation: The Foundation Scholarship Awards are presented to senior-level minority students that have maintained a 3.0 grade point average and demonstrated academic excellence as an undergraduate, who intend to pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration. If you have any questions regarding this program, please feel free to call or e-mail Alana McClanahan (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the NACDA office, 440-892-4000.
About NACDA: NACDA founded the McLendon Scholarship Awards program and the McLendon Foundation. NACDA is in its 43rd year and is the professional and educational association for more than 6,100 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 2,000 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, NACDA administers 10 professional associations for the separate business units that report directly to the athletics director.