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Lee McElroy Named 2015 MOAA Distinguished Service Award Recipient

June 4, 2015

CLEVELAND - The Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) announced Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Interim Athletics Director and former MOAA Board member Lee McElroy as the 2015 MOAA Distinguished Service Award recipient, for his dedication in promoting the understanding and appreciation of diversity. This award will be presented at the 2015 MOAA Symposium in Orlando, Florida.

The MOAA Distinguished Service Award acknowledges and honors the effort of an individual who strives to promote understanding and appreciation of diversity in its multitude of forms.

"On behalf of MOAA and the Board of Directors, we are delighted to present Lee with this award," said MOAA President Dr. Sharon Beverly, assistant VP and executive director of athletics and recreation at The College of New Jersey. "He is an excellent example of what the Distinguished Service award stands for having served for many years as a champion for an inclusive and welcoming environment as an Association."

Since March 2015, McElroy has been serving in the interim role at RPI and is responsible for overseeing the Institute's 23 intercollegiate athletics programs and more than 550 student-athletes. Prior to his current role, McElroy was VP and director of athletics at the University at Albany where his team's won three America East Commissioner's Cups in 2007, 2013 and 2014; earned 32 NCAA postseason berths; and won 63 America East conference titles.

McElroy served on the MOAA from 2010-11 through 2013-14 and is also a Past President of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). He was named to the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame in 2012, served as President of the American East Board of Directors and as a member of the Board of Trustees for the United States Sports Academy.

The criteria for evaluating nominations is as follows:

Individuals/Administrators who have gone above and beyond to create a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment in which there is a pervasive ethic of intercultural caring and valuation for all members, identities and perspectives.

Individuals/Administrators who have demonstrated an outstanding effort or commitment to the recruitment, hiring and retention of a high-quality and diversified staff across their entire department or organization.

Individuals/Administrators who have taken specific identifiable measures to establish a stimulating, dialogic environment that engage all campus/organizational members and advance knowledge and understanding of issues and perspectives associated with diversity (i.e., proactive, positive engagement around diversity).

About MOAA: MOAA promotes equitable employment opportunities for minorities in the athletics industry through the exchange of ideas, the creation of networking opportunities and the avocation of an increase in employment for minorities in athletics administration positions at all levels of the sports industry. The Association also promotes cultivating a sports environment that supports the values necessary to accept aspiring professionals from all walks of life. For more information on MOAA, please visit www.moaaweb.com. MOAA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 50th year. For more information on NACDA and the 14 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.