Melinda Isler, Archivist
1010 Campus Drive
Big Rapids MI 49307
Collection Title: Athletic Advisory Committee Records
Creator: Ferris State University. Athletic Advisory Committee.
Dates: 1960-1992; 2002-2006
Abstract: The Athletic Advisory Committee is a faculty based committee providing assistance, guidance and support to the athletic programs at Ferris State University. The records in the collection consist of agendas, correspondence, eligibility lists, minutes and other records relating to the meetings.
Quantity: 0.2 cubic feet; 1 half records center box
Identification: UA 31.4.6
Repository: Ferris State University Archives and Records Management Program
Few faculty committees predate the creation of the Representative Faculty Advisory Council in 1958. The RFAC was created in 1958 to address accreditation concerns about a lack of faculty governance. However, the Athletic Advisory Committee was one of those committees that already existed. It is first listed within the Ferris Institute catalog for the 1954-1955 school year. In a letter to the committee written in September 1963, President Victor F. Spathelf stated that he considered the purpose of the committee was to act in an advisory capacity to the athletic director and the coaching staff. The committee also acted as the advisory body to the President as he made decisions concerning the athletic program.
Early responsibilities of the committee included athletic eligibility determination, approving schedules and the occasional policy. The committee had a remarkable stability in membership, with chairs usually serving between five and 10 years. The committee in its current format consists of representatives from each college, a faculty athlete representative, a student representative, the registrar's office, the athletic director and the sports information coordinator. The athletic advisory committee reports to the Academic Senate. It has consistently served as the arbiter of policies concerning athletics and schedules.
Among the other types of project undertaken by the committee at various periods are such subjects as academic standards for athletes, awards, class excuses, tuition remission or accreditation/compliance studies for such organizations as the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Divisions I and II). They also support athletic events and handle such activities as the marking of lines.
Chairs of the Athletic Advisory Committee
|1955-1960||Clark A. Andreson|
|1960-1962||Dean W. Rumbold|
|1962-1963||Kenneth O. McManus|