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Eight College of Business faculty members recognized among OHIO’s newsmakers

Wednesday, October 19 2016 12:00am

Ohio University hosts second annual Faculty Newsmakers Gala.

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Eight faculty members from the College of Business were recognized as faculty newsmakers and three received special recognition at Ohio University’s second annual Faculty Newsmakers Gala, with one of those individuals earning the most media placements among all of OHIO’s faculty newsmakers in 2015.

The Faculty Newsmakers Gala debuted last fall as a means of honoring Ohio University faculty who elevate the University and raise its national and global profile through media coverage of their work and expertise and, in some cases, participation in OHIO’s Experts Directory. Hosted by University Communications and Marketing (UCM) in partnership with the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, this year’s event was held the evening of Oct. 18 in the Baker University Center Ballroom.

This year’s gala was held in celebration of 142 faculty members – representing nine colleges on the Athens Campus and four of OHIO’s regional campuses – who were featured in more than 2,600 media reports during the 2015 calendar year.

“Ohio University boasts a network of campus communicators committed to enhancing the University’s reputation and brand recognition, and we are proud to call each of our faculty newsmakers part of that team,” said Renea Morris, OHIO’s chief marketing officer. “Our celebration this evening is a special way to express our appreciation to them and to everyone who plays a role in promoting our University and the great work that takes place here at OHIO.”

Howard Dewald, associate provost for faculty and academic planning, had the honor of presenting special recognition awards to 19 OHIO faculty newsmakers – those who earned the most media placements in 2015 as well as those who were quoted in media reports related to the Associated Press’ “Top 10 Stories of 2015.” 

“You serve our community as distinguished educators, scholars, mentors and researchers, but tonight, we honor you as ambassadors of this University and thank you for your efforts,” Dewald said.

The 20 faculty newsmakers who received special recognition were presented awards designed by UCM. Dubbed the “Keystroke Catalyst Awards,” the awards are fashioned as a typewriter. “The typewriter remains timeless in its symbolism, underscoring the wide-ranging impact a single person can have on enriching others across the region or even around the world,” said Morris.

Three newsmakers who teach in OHIO’s College of Business received special recognition:

  • David Ridpath – An associate professor and the Kahandas Nandola Professor of Sports Administration, Ridpath earned 1,203 media placements – the most of all faculty newsmakers – in 2015. An expert in intercollegiate athletics administration, governance, rules and compliance, Ridpath is known nationally for examining issues that include student athlete academic achievement and graduation rates. His insights on the NCAA and college athletic programs are sought by journalists throughout the United States and beyond. In 2015, Ridpath was featured in media outlets that included the Associated Press, The New York and Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Politico, CNN, U.S. News and World Report, and Inside Higher Ed. This year marked Ridpath’s second year as a top OHIO faculty newsmaker.
  • Robert Boland – An executive-in-residence and director of the Master of Sports Administration and MBA/MSA Dual-Degree Programs, Boland had the third highest number of media placements among faculty newsmakers in 2015. A leading expert in sports law, Boland also specializes in sports management, administration, contracts and business. Boland’s insights into everything from the “Deflategate” controversy to the treatment and diagnosis of concussions earned him 353 media placements in 2015 in outlets that included Reuters, The New York Times and The International Business Times.
  • Michael Pfahl – An associate professor in the Department of Sports Administration, Pfahl had the eighth highest number of media placements among faculty newsmakers in 2015. Pfahl’s areas of expertise include sports management and marketing, as well as environmentalism and sustainability with sports. His insights into the growing green movement within the field of sports earned Pfahl 68 media placements in 2015 outlets that included the Associated Press, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated and The International Business Times.

The College of Business had a total of eight faculty newsmakers in 2015. They are:

Bob Boland
Executive-in-Residence and Director of the Master of Sports Administration and MBA/MSA Dual-Degree Programs

Alexa Fox
Assistant Professor of Marketing and Faculty Advisor of the Consumer Research Center

Jim Kahler
Executive Director of the AECOM Center for Sports Administration

Norm O’Reilly
Richard P. and Joan S. Fox Professor of Management and Chair of the Department of Sports Administration

Michael Pfahl
Associate Professor of Sports Administration

Luke Pittaway
Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Professor of Management

Adam Rapp
Executive Director of The Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre and Associate Professor of Sales

David Ridpath
Associate Professor and Kahandas Nandola Professor of Sports Administration

For more information about the Faculty Newsmakers Gala, visit