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NAAC Selects Rutgers Hickey & D1A's Baughman for 2011 Awards

May 2, 2011

CLEVELAND – The National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC) has announced that NAAC incoming president and current 1st Vice President Kate Hickey, senior associate athletics director/senior woman administrator (SWA) at the Rutgers University has been named the recipient of the 2011 Frank Kara Leadership Award. Division 1A Athletic Directors’ Association Executive Director Dutch Baughman has been named the Organizational Leadership Award recipient. The award winners will be honored Thursday, June 16 during the NAAC Convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Fla.

“Both Kate and Dutch have been instrumental in helping NAAC garner a national voice on Division I compliance issues,” stated Awards Committee Chair Tricia Turley, associate athletics director for compliance and student services, Ohio University. “Their dedication to helping advance the compliance profession has been prominent during the past year as the Division I athletics directors have taken a special interest in our Association moving forward with our Reasonable Standards and making them a staple in the industry.”

kateThe Frank Kara Leadership award is NAAC’s most prestigious annual award and is named in honor of former University of Minnesota Director of Compliance, Frank Kara. Recipients display exceptional leadership and unique vision for compliance initiatives, as well as demonstrating a commitment to furthering the compliance profession through being instrumental in the revitalization of NAAC—all of which describe 2011 recipient Kate Hickey.

Hickey has been pivotal in the rebirth of NAAC and the success the Association has attained over the past four years. Her vision and hard work came to fruition this fall when the first round Division I industry compliance standards were released. The industry standards, called “Reasonable Standards,” are intended to establish a model for all institutions to follow to monitor compliance with specific NCAA rules and provide education on those rules.

The foundation that Hickey helped build with the Reasonable Standards Committee will help define the compliance profession moving forward. The committee has continued her vision and will announce the second round of standards at the 2011 Convention.

Hickey began her career at North Carolina before moving on to positions at the Southern and Big East Conferences. At Rutgers, Hickey oversees the compliance program, nine Olympic sports, student services, student-athlete housing and the Division’s RU STRONG life skills program.

DutchThe Organizational Leadership Award was designed to honor organizational leaders who have demonstrated outstanding commitments to promoting compliance within their organizations and on a national level. Dutch Baughman has been at the forefront of helping NAAC spread its message to the Division I athletics directors.

Baughman has embraced NAAC’s leadership and has provided a platform for the officers to present information regarding compliance, enforcement and reasonable standards monitoring to the athletics directors at the Division I AD’s annual meeting. This has allowed NAAC to gain credibility and showcase, in a high-profile way, what the Association is working to improve in athletics compliance.

With Baughman’s help, the Division I AD’s Taskforce on Compliance and Enforcement Committee was formed. The committee has been tasked to spearhead meaningful change in the way compliance and enforcement has been dealt with. The committee will evaluate and assess the current compliance and enforcement systems to see what, if any, improvements may be made.

Baughman’s support of NAAC and the compliance industry as a whole, will ultimately lead to change in the way compliance is known today.

About NAAC: NAAC is in its 13th year and serves as the professional and educational association of senior compliance administrators. For more information on NAAC, please visit www.naacconnect.com.  NAAC is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 46th year. For more information on NACDA and the 11 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.