NCAA's Bernard Franklin to be Inducted into the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators HOF|
May 7, 2009
CLEVELAND – The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) is proud to announce that NCAA Executive Vice President for Membership and Student-Athlete Affairs Dr. Bernard Franklin will be inducted into the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame on the evening of June 19, 2009. The induction ceremony will be held in conjunction with the 44th Annual NACDA Convention at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort.
Dr. Franklin is responsible for working with the NCAA president; senior vice-presidents and vice presidents; and governance structure team for the national office. Dr. Franklin has responsibility for assuring the development of policies and procedures that support the effective functioning of the governance groups and to work closely with the president to support the NCAA Executive Committee. Administrative areas reporting to him are governance; academic and membership affairs; educational affairs; research and diversity and inclusion.
Dr. Franklin previously served as president of Virginia Union University, Livingstone College and Hood Theological Seminary and Saint Augustine’s College. He is a former member of the NCAA Division II Presidents Council and the Executive Committee.
Heavily involved in community service, Dr. Franklin has proud affiliations with the following organizations: American Humanics, Indianapolis United Negro College Fund Advisory Council, Martin University and National Consortium for Academics and Sports.
In 2007, Dr. James Frank, the first African-American NCAA President, was the association’s representative into the first McLendon Hall of Fame class.
This year’s induction reception will also honor Anita DeFrantz, the first African-American and first American woman to serve on the International Olympic Committee (IOC); Willie O’Ree, the NHL’s Director of Youth Development for Diversity Programming and the first black player in the League; Gale Sayers, the first black Division I athletics director at Southern Illinois University; Gene Washington, the NFL’s Director of Football Operations and first black quarterback at Stanford; and Bob Watson, MLB’s Vice President of On-Field Operations and the first African-American MLB General Manager (Houston Astros). NACDA Past President and former Georgia Athletics Director Vince Dooley will be the recipient of the 2nd Annual Bud Selig Mentoring Award.
About the John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Program: The John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards are presented to senior-level minority students who intend to pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration. If you have any questions regarding this program, please visit www.mclendonminorityfoundation.com.
About NACDA: NACDA, now in its 44th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,500 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 2,300 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, NACDA administers 11 professional associations that come under the umbrella of the athletics director. For more information, visit www.nacda.com.