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MOAA Announces Distinguished Service Award Recipient

June 9, 2016

DALLAS - The Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) is proud to announce NCAA Executive Vice President of Education and Community Engagement/Chief Inclusion Officer, Dr. Bernard Franklin, as the 2016 MOAA Distinguished Service Award recipient, for his dedication in promoting the understanding and appreciation of diversity in intercollegiate athletics. This award will be presented at the 2016 MOAA Symposium in Dallas, Texas.

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 happy to present Dr. Franklin with the 2016 Distinguished Service award," said MOAA President Mario Moccia, director of athletics New Mexico State University. "He has worked tirelessly over the years to progress the areas of diversity and inclusion in athletic administration and has fully supported MOAA’s mission of providing minority administrators an opportunity to exchange ideas, advocate increased participation and administrative opportunities."

Dr. Franklin is responsible for working with the NCAA president, executive vice presidents and vice presidents, and governance structure team for the national office. Franklin has responsibility for assuring the development of policies and procedures that support the effective functioning of the leadership development and inclusion groups of the NCAA. Administrative areas reporting to him are the leadership development and inclusion programs, research and other education initiatives.

Previously, he served as president of Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia; Livingstone College and Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, North Carolina; and Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Heavily involved in community service, Dr. Franklin has proud affiliations with the following organizations: MOAA, American Humanics, Indianapolis United Negro College Fund Advisory Council, Martin University and National Consortium for Academics and Sports.

He was named to the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame in 2009.


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 51st year. For more information on NACDA and the 16 professional Associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.