President G.P. “Bud” Peterson has named School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Karen and John Huff School Chair and Professor Reginald DesRoches as Tech’s next faculty athletics representative (FAR) to the Athletic Association. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Professor Sue Ann Bidstrup Allen, who has served as the FAR since July 2009, will step down effective June 30.
As the faculty’s representative on athletic matters, DesRoches will serve as the liaison between the Institute and the Athletics Association on issues regarding rules compliance activities, new developments at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and activities related to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) membership. For the past two years, DesRoches has been one of six faculty representatives on the Athletic Association’s Board of Trustees.
“Student-athletes have unique needs and challenges in successfully balancing their academic and athletic responsibilities,” Peterson said. “Reggie’s role is an essential part of maintaining an environment that fully supports our student-athletes, while acting as an Institute representative with the NCAA and ACC.
“I also want to thank Sue Ann Allen for her years of commitment and exceptional service to both Georgia Tech and the Athletic Association.”
Primary responsibilities of the FAR are:
- Representing the Institute as the FAR with the ACC and the NCAA,
- Serving as vice chair of the Georgia Tech Athletic Association (GTAA) Board of Trustees and as vice chair of the Alexander-Tharp Fund Board of Directors,
- Serving as senior advisor outside of the athletics department to Tech’s president on matters related to intercollegiate athletics,
- Recommending and formulating institutional positions, along with the athletics director, on NCAA legislation and other matters affecting or related to intercollegiate athletics on campus,
- Serving as a member of the Institute Admissions Appeals Committee (IAAC) and the GTAA Academic Committee,
- Serving as chair of both the Student-Athlete Grievance Committee and the New Transfer Appeals Committee, and
- Serving as a member of Tech’s NCAA Eligibility Certification Team, primarily responsible for evaluating the processes used.
“Reggie brings great perspective from his service on the GTAA Board as well as a real appreciation for the role and value of intercollegiate athletics at an institution like Georgia Tech,” said Athletics Director Mike Bobinski. “I fully expect Reggie to be a strong voice in the ongoing development and administration of our athletics program and to have a similar impact in ACC governance matters.”
The FAR makes an annual presentation to the Faculty Executive Committee and Academic Senate on the status of the Institute’s intercollegiate athletics program, covering contributions to the educational mission of the Institute; statistical information on the academic performance of the participants in the programs; compliance with all institutional, conference, and NCAA regulations; and any matters of concern in the planning and implementation of athletic programs as they relate to the best interests of the Institute.
Since joining Tech’s faculty in 1998, DesRoches has pursued research interests in the design of buildings and critical infrastructure subjected to extreme loads, seismic risk assessment of transportation systems, and application of smart materials in seismic-resistant design and retrofit. He has a particular interest in mitigating the impacts of earthquakes in the Caribbean and western Africa. He was named Karen and John Huff School Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2012.