Former Athletic Director Inducted into NACDA Hall of Fame

Siloam Springs, Ark. (May 5, 2009) - The National Association of College Director’s of Athletics (NACDA) has announced that Dr. Bob Burns, former John Brown University Director of Athletics (1977-2006) has been inducted in the NACDA Hall of Fame’s Class of 2009. Burns will receive his award at NACDA's 44th Annual Convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida on Friday, June 19 at the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Awards Luncheon, sponsored by NCAA Football. The complete 2009 Hall of Fame class includes: Bob Burns, John Brown University; Bill Baird, Rhode Island College; Jim Copeland, Southern Methodist University; Barbara Hedges, University of Washington; Bobby May, Rice University; Orby Moss Jr., Georgia State University; Phil Roach, Rollins College; and Bill Rowe, Missouri State University. While at JBU, Burns was a professor of education for 31 years as well as chair of the health and physical education department for 27 years. He laid the foundation for gender equality throughout the athletics program with the addition of many new women’s programs. He also spearheaded the construction of new tennis courts, a soccer complex, club fields and a multi-use health and recreation complex. In addition to this, Burns also initiated efforts to increase fund raising dollars. From 2002-2006, Burns served on the NACDA Executive and was named the AstroTurf AD of the Year for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) central region in 2006. He is a two-time winner of the NAIA Region VI Athletics Director of the Year Award and served as the NAIA Region VI chair for six years. He is also on the original committee that developed and implemented the NAIA Champions of Character program. Under Burns’ leadership, JBU teams captured an NAIA title in basketball and a pair of NCCAA national championships in soccer and basketball. Prior to his tenure at JBU, Burns coached baseball at Campbellsville University, where he was named the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletics Conference Baseball Coach of the Year in 1974. Burns received his associate degree from Central Christian College in McPherson, Kan. and moved on to complete his undergraduate studies at Greeneville College in Illinois. He also received his master’s degree and doctorate in education from the University of Arkansas while serving at JBU. NACDA, now in its 44th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,500 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 2,300 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, NACDA administers 11 professional associations that come under the umbrella of the Athletics Director. For more information, visit

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