Huntington, Ind.—Dr. G. Blair Dowden, president of Huntington University, is the 2007 recipient of the Charles Morris Athletics Administrator of the Year award presented by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
He is the first president to be given the award.
“I am humbled and thankful for this incredible honor,” Dowden said. “I accept it on behalf of my fellow NAIA presidents and on behalf of all who are involved in our athletic programs. These are the individuals who work hard to ensure integrity in athletics on our campuses.”
Dowden received the award on March 18 at the 66th Annual NAIA National Convention for his service to the association.
“This well-deserved honor is bestowed in recognition of Dr. Dowden’s loyalty and enthusiasm for the NAIA and his many contributions to the association, its members and student-athletes,” said Jim Carr, president and chief executive officer of the NAIA.
The award, initiated in memory and honor of Charles Morris, past associate executive director of the NAIA’s Council of Affiliated Conference and Independents, is given to administrators involved in all of phases of NAIA athletics programs.
Dowden, who is in his sixteenth year as Huntington’s president, has served the NAIA at the conference, regional and national levels. From 1997-1999, Dowden was the founding chairman of the Mid-Central Conference Council of Presidents. He also has been a presidential representative to the NAIA’s Regional Management Committee. In 2001, he served as chairman of the NAIA Council of Presidents and then continued as a member of the NAIA Council of Presidents Administrative Committee from 2002-2005.