BOONE—Appalachian State University faculty athletics representative Dr. Alan Hauser received the 2013 David Knight Award at the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives Association’s (FARA) annual meeting and symposium in Baltimore.
The Knight Award recognizes extraordinary contributions to FARA. It is named in honor of David Knight, a distinguished faculty athletics representative from UNC Greensboro who died in 2003. Knight was the first chair of the Division I academics, eligibility and compliance cabinet and was influential in the early stages of Division I academic reform.
Hauser is in his 28th year as Appalachian’s faculty athletics representative and 34th year as a member of the university’s athletics council. In addition to his service to Appalachian’s student-athletes, coaches and athletics staff, Hauser also chairs the NCAA academic, eligibility and compliance cabinet and is a member of the organization’s degree-completion committee. He has also served an active role in Southern Conference governance, including conference president from 1993-95 and as a member of the league’s constitution and bylaws committees.
He served 12 years on Appalachian’s Faculty Senate, including two years as chairperson, and chaired the university’s faculty assembly for three years.
Hauser is the 12th recipient of the Knight Award since its inception in 2003. Previous winners have included NCAA presidents Ced Dempsey (2006) and Myles Brand (2009).
Hauser is a professor of philosophy and religion at Appalachian. He joined the university in 1972 after earning a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He graduated from Concordia Teachers College in 1967 and earned a master’s degree from Concordia Seminary in 1968.