Former JBU Athletic Director Inducted into NAIA Hall of Fame


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Dr. Bob Burns

SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. (October 9, 2012) - Dr. Gerald Robert “Bob" Burns will be inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame during the NAIA Convention to be held in Kansas City April 19-23, 2013. During his 31 years at John Brown University, Burns was twice the recipient of the NAIA Region VI Athletics Director of the Year award.

Burns was on the NAIA District 17 Executive Committee for eight years, served as NAIA Region VI Chair for six years, and served as program presenter and participant at numerous NAIA Conventions. Dr. Burns was deeply involved at the national, regional and conference level, never missing a single NAIA National meeting in his 25 years as athletic director.

As athletic director of John Brown University, Burns unified and brought vision to the Golden Eagles, which earned the institution numerous NAIA All-American and Scholar Athlete honors, as well as the 2005 NAIA Division 1 basketball championship. In addition, Burns played a pivotal role in establishing gender equity throughout John Brown University’s intercollegiate program by adding many of the women’s programs.

Burns was also inducted into the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) in 2009.

“I am very pleased to see Dr. Burns receive this high honor.  His knowledge and involvement in the NAIA throughout the years has given him a great love for the NAIA and for intercollegiate athletics,” said Robyn Daugherty, director of athletics. “I am so thankful for all his hard work towards the establishment of a quality intercollegiate program at JBU.  I was blessed to be a student-athlete and a coach under his leadership, and am honored to follow him as Director of Athletics.”

Burns obtained his master’s degree and doctorate degree in education from the University of Arkansas and retired from John Brown University in 2006. Other NAIA achievements for Burns include:

-          Kentucky Intercollegiate Conference Baseball Coach of the Year (1974-75)

-          Past President of Arkansas AAHPERD (1988)

-          Past President of Central States Chapter of American College of Sports Medicine (1988-90)

-          Received the 2001 Honor Award Present by Arkansas AAHPERD (2001)

-          Coordinated Champions of Character Summits in Region VI for the NAIA

-          Served on the NACDA Executive Committee from 2002-2006

-          Serving on NAIA Character committee

-          Presently serving as NAIA Region VI Chair

John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked No. 1 Best Value among Southern regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report and listed as one of America’s Best Colleges by Forbes. JBU enrolls more than 2,400 students from 40 states and 39 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, degree completion and concurrent education programs. JBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and a founding member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.

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