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OHIO’s Department of Sports Administration shares accolades and vision with University Board of Trustees

Tuesday, November 29 2016 12:00am

Department of Sports Administration students meet with Ohio University's Board of Trustees at OU Inn luncheon

By Marshall Payne 

Ohio University’s Department of Sports Administration (DSA) students were invited to participate in a luncheon with the University’s Board of Trustees at the OU Inn on Friday, Nov. 4. The event provided an opportunity for the Board of Trustees to engage with graduate and undergraduate students in both the Master of Sports Administration and Bachelor of Sports Administration programs.

“The event served as a forum for the DSA to update the Board of Trustees on its current successes and activities, as well as thank the group of incredibly generous and caring individuals who play a vital role in supporting many of Ohio University’s achievements,” said Norm O’Reilly, chair of the DSA.

O’Reilly emceed the event, and highlighted various accomplishments regarding the programs. Ohio University is the birthplace of sports education and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Ohio University’s Master of Sports Administration Program has been ranked the #1 graduate-level sports business program worldwide by Sport Business International for four of the past five years, and the undergraduate program is currently ranked #2 in the world. At the luncheon, O’Reilly shared his vision on how the department plans to continue developing the program to make it #1.

“These rankings are a source of pride for the entire Ohio University community,” he said. 

Following the presentation, attendees enjoyed lunch while getting to know each other. Each table consisted of trustees, faculty and current students giving everyone an opportunity to make new connections, ask questions and continue the Bobcat tradition of emphasizing a close-knit, family environment.

The luncheon concluded with a Q&A session with the current 2017 MSA Class President Kelley Johnson. The Q&A gave the trustees insight on the student perspective and an opportunity to ask program-specific questions.

"The student Q&A portion of the luncheon not only gave us the opportunity to share the inner workings of our sports administration program, but it also allowed us to express our gratitude for the University's continued support as we move forward over the next 50 years,” said Johnson. “We sincerely appreciate having been invited to speak with members of the Board and the University."