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NAAC Now Accepting Nominations for Awards

Feb. 19, 2018

CLEVELAND - The National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC) is seeking nominations for its four awards - the Compliance Rising Star AwardDivision II Excellence AwardFrank Kara Leadership Award and the Mike Cleary Organizational Leadership Award


The Compliance Rising Star Award will recognize a young professional with no more than five years of full-time compliance experience who is seen as an emerging leader within the compliance profession.

To nominate a young professional for this award, click here

NAAC will honor a Division II compliance administrator who has a minimum of five years of full-time compliance experience and has demonstrated leadership and vision for compliance initiatives among his or her compliance peers with the Division II Excellence Award

To nominate an administrator for the DII Excellence Award, click here.

The Frank Kara Leadership Award is NAAC's premier award, and the highest honor that may be bestowed upon compliance professionals. This award, awarded annually is named in honor of former University of Minnesota Director of Compliance, Frank Kara, who was a leader in the compliance field and best known for hosting the inaugural NAAC Workshop in 2006. Sadly, Frank lost his battle with cancer at the age of 40.

To nominate an individual for the Frank Kara Leadership award, click here

The Mike Cleary Organizational Leadership Award is given to an organizational leader (i.e., athletics director, general counsel, provost, president, commissioner, NCAA executive, etc.) who has demonstrated NCAA compliance leadership and a strong commitment to fostering a culture of compliance to NCAA rules within their organization.

To nominate a deserving individual for the Mike Cleary Organizational Leadership Award, click here.

Deadline to submit nominations for all awards is Friday, March 9.

The award winners will be honored at the 2018 NAAC Convention presented by JumpForward, which will take place Tuesday-Thursday, June 26-28 at the Gaylord National Resort in Washington D.C.

About NAAC: NAAC is in its 20th year and serves as the professional and educational association of senior compliance administrators. For more information on NAAC, please visit www.naaccompliance.com. NAAC is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 53rd year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com