A Finding Aid for the Athletic Advisory Committee Records 1960-1992; 2002-2006

Collection Summary

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.

Language: English

Quantity: 0.2 cubic feet; 1 half records center box

Identification: UA 31.4.6

Repository: Ferris State University Archives and Records Management Program

Historical Note

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

Year Chair
1954-1955 Frederick Broemer
1955-1960 Clark A. Andreson
1960-1962 Dean W. Rumbold
1962-1963 Kenneth O. McManus
1963-1964 John Standen
1964-1975 Nicholas Musselman
1975-1981 Robert Kosanovich
1981-1987 Stanley Jungck
1987-1988 Mark Kosciuszko
1988-1991 Unknown
1991-1992 Rachel Snyder
1993-1998 Unknown
1998-1999 Richard Perrin
1999-2003 Lee Templin
2003-2004 Lon Green
2004-2006 Robert Krueger
2006-2007 David Scott
2007-2009 Tracey Boncher