Arabie Conner Named Athletic Director of the Year

Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in Athletics, Faculty/Staff, "The College" Arabie Conner has been named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) Athletic Director of the Year for 2010-11. Connor was recognized with the award at the KCAC Sport Management Conference at McPherson College on August 2. “In my personal and professional view, she embodies all of the characteristics I could possibly imagine for one who would be worthy of this great honor,” said President Kevin C. Eichner. “She is fair-minded and even-handed, creative and strategic in her thinking and orientation.” The Athletic Director of the Year Award is determined by members of the KCAC Governing Council. Connor also will be considered as a candidate for the National Athletic Director of the Year award by the NAIA Athletic Directors Association. “This is a well-deserved recognition for an individual who has worked tirelessly for her institution, as well as for the conference,” said Scott Crawford, KCAC commissioner. “I have seen first-hand how committed Arabie is to Ottawa University and her peers within the KCAC.” During the past four years, Conner has served on the Executive Committee for the KCAC Governing Council as chair-elect and chair. “In her relatively short tenure as athletic director, Arabie has made incredible improvements in the staffing and programming realm, along with overseeing the complete renovation of our stadium, including the addition of a track and the installment of a field,” said Dr. Rosalie “Corkie” Hedlund, faculty athletic representative at OU. “Under Arabie’s leadership, our athletic program has increased in number of teams and programs.” Eichner said that under Conner’s leadership, OU is in the midst of the most successful period of athletic endeavor in its history. “I measure this not merely in terms of win/ loss records, conference championships, NAIA team rankings, post-season play, numbers of NAIA All American athletes and the like,” said Eichner, “but also in the academic performance of our studentathletes, compliance with the precepts of Champions of Character, fiscal oversight, and the impact our student-athletes have on campus and in our greater community.”