By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dr. Scott Crawford, Commissioner of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC), has been named the 2013 Charles Morris Administrator of the Year, the national office announced Thursday. This prestigious honor, initiated in memory of former NAIA Associate Executive Director Charles Morris, recognizes an NAIA member who has made significant contributions as an administrator of intercollegiate athletics, while exemplifying the loyalty and enthusiasm Charles Morris had for the NAIA. Crawford will be formally recognized at the 73rd Annual NAIA Convention Awards Luncheon on Saturday, April 12 in Kansas City, Mo.
“I am honored to recognize Scott for his service to the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, the NAIA, and the field of intercollegiate athletics,” said Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO. “Scott is respected for his work at the conference and national levels and for his dedication to the development of student-athletes through character-driven athletics. I’m pleased to present him with this prestigious award that he so greatly deserves.”
Crawford became the Commissioner of the KCAC in 2007 and has since been responsible for ten member institutions throughout the state of Kansas. Since joining the KCAC, Crawford has elevated the status of the conference through a variety of initiatives including: the establishment of the KCAC Digital Network, a conference-wide live video streaming network; the development of conference championships into signature events for fans, alumni and student-athletes; and the initiation of the KCAC Sport Management Conference, an annual business meeting and continuing education seminar for KCAC athletics administrators.
Nationally, Crawford has served as the chairman of the Conference Commissioners Association, while also being involved with the National Administrative Council, NACMA Advisory Board, Competitive Cheer and Dance Task Force, Emerging Sports Task Force, Gender Equity Committee, Champions of Character Advisory Committee and the Drug Education/Testing Committee. He was also instrumental in bringing the 2013 and 2014 NAIA Cross Country National Championships to Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kan., where the KCAC served as a co-host with the Lawrence Sports Commission.
“When I think of quality leadership and administration, I believe it is important to set the bar high with regard to expectation of self. Dr. Crawford has excelled in his efforts to be an effective and results-oriented leader as noted by his involvement and participation in activities within the conference and on the national level with the NAIA through various steering committees and task forces. Dr. Crawford is a highly regarded consultant within the NAIA, often called upon to weigh in on matters of institutional, conference and general membership importance,” said Joe Zimmerman, Friends University (Kan.) Athletics Director, in his letter of recommendation to the committee.
Prior to joining the KCAC, Crawford served as the Assistant Commissioner of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (2005-07) and the Mid-South Conference (2002-05).
The Charles Morris Administrator of the Year Award winner is selected by the NAIA National Administrative Council Awards Committee. To learn more about the award, click here.