Meg Schebler, Ashford University (Iowa) director of athletics was honored recently as the NAIA recipient of the 2012 National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) Administrator of the Year Award.
The NACWAA Administrator of the Year Award is presented annually to NACWAA members for significant contributions made as athletics administrators. Schebler, along with seven other honorees was honored October 9 in Kansas City, Mo. at the 2012 NACWAA National Convention.
"It is certainly an honor to receive this award," Schebler said. "I am humbled by this recognition and truly grateful for all the outstanding people I get to collaborate with at all levels of my job. It is because of them that I have the opportunity to have fun at work every day."
Schebler has been active at the NAIA conference, regional and national levels. She currently serves as an at-large member of the NAIA National Administrative Council while also serving on the NAIA Gender Equity Committee, Hall of Fame and Honors Committee, and the Champions of Character Advisory Committee. She has been an officer of the NAIA Athletic Directors' Association, serving as president in 2006-07, and she also served for many years as the chair of the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Tournament Committee.
"This year's NACWAA Administrator of the Year award recipients represent the thousands of women across the country who serve their institutions and conferences on a daily basis in extraordinary ways," said Jane Miller, NACWAA awards committee chair and board of directors member. "Their commitment, support, promotion and celebration of young people who aspire to achieve excellence in their sport and careers is truly inspiring. By honoring them as 2012 NACWAA Administrators of the Year, we celebrate and thank them for their outstanding leadership and service."
The Ashford University Athletics Department has grown tremendously and improved dramatically since Schebler joined the Saints' staff in 1998. The Saints have appeared in more NAIA national championship tournaments than ever before, highlighted most recently by men's soccer, women's soccer, men's basketball, women's golf and the men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field teams. Also under Schebler's guidance, Ashford has successfully transitioned into a new conference affiliation, joining the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) on July 1, 2012.
Inside the classroom, the Saints' teams have been nothing short of spectacular. After winning the Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC) Presidents' Cup in back-to-back seasons, Ashford most recently placed all 15 eligible NAIA athletic s programs on the NAIA Scholar-Team list for the 2011-12 academic year.
"Meg Schebler is one the finest college administrators with whom I have had the pleasure and privilege to work," said John Ballheim, vice president and campus director of Ashford University. "Specific to athletics, she has developed a first class athletics department - a department that directly works with approximately one-third of our undergraduate campus population. The structure she has built provides not only a fine foundation on which athletes can grow and become good performers on the field, courts and track, but a foundation that also encourages academic performance at least equal to athletics performance. Perhaps most importantly of all, she has developed an athletics department that encourages personal character development that is consistent with the historic values of our nearly 100-year-old campus. Ashford is a better place because of Meg's leadership, and our student-athletes are better people because of Meg's leadership."