The award was established by the Faculty Athletics Representatives in the conference to recognize and celebrate a member of the faculty or staff at each conference institution who has made substantial contributions to the institution and who has supported student-athletes and the goals of intercollegiate athletics.
In order to receive this prestigious award, a faculty or staff member must be nominated by student-athletes and approved by the University Athletics Committee.
Niswander is a respected professor in the College of Business and was a strong advocate for student-athletes in his role as chair of the Faculty Senate. As chair of the Faculty Senate, Dr. Niswander served on the University Athletics Committee, bringing particular enterprise and knowledge to bear as the committee worked to address student-athlete concerns regarding violations by faculty of the University Excused Absence Policy. He has served on faculty panels during the orientation for new student-athletes dealing with strategies for the achievement of academic success.
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