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Kahler, Ridpath, among Top Ten Faculty Newsmakers

Monday, October 5 2015 09:23am

Five Sports Administration faculty members were honored among the top newsmakers at the institution

The Department of Sports Administration has long been recognized as one of Ohio University’s top academic programs and, as it turns out, is also among the best at generating headlines for the university as a whole.

On September 29th in the Baker University Center Ballroom, Ohio University faculty members gathered to celebrate the inaugural OHIO Faculty Newsmakers Gala. The gala brought together faculty from across the institution to celebrate those "who go above and beyond in promoting the university through the media."

The event, organized by University Communications & Marketing (UCM) in partnership with the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, recognized 122 faculty members who were featured in 2,929 media reports during the 2014 calendar year.

When it came time to recognize the top newsmakers, as measured by the number of media placements in 2014, it was revealed that the Department of Sports Administration claimed five of the honorees, including two in the top ten.

Coming in the first overall sport, with 364 media placements, was Executive Director of the Center for Sports Administration, Jim Kahler.

“When they seated me in the front row, I really didn’t know what to expect,” Kahler said after the event.

Kahler has been featured in media outlets across the country, including USA Today and Sports Illustrated. He also received credit for participating in OHIO’s Expert Directory, where he serves as an interview resource for media interested in any number of topics related to sports business.

“If I have an opportunity to be quoted by the media and it will mention the Ohio University Center for Sports Administration, I jump at those opportunities,” Kahler said.

Not far behind Kahler at number four with 292 media placements, was Associate Professor and Kahandas Nandola Professor of Sports Administration B. David Ridpath. He has been featured on ESPN’s Outside the Lines, in the New York Times, and is also a contributor on

“I work with the best faculty department on campus in my view and I know their skill sets and experience are second to none. I was also very impressed with the breadth and depth of knowledge and expertise throughout all Ohio University campuses from the other faculty honorees, and it was a real highlight to be recognized with some great faculty experts here at Ohio University. Honors like this keep our program as not just the best in the world but also as a resource to comment on issues in sports worldwide,” said Ridpath.Ridpath Newsmaker

Also among the 100+ faculty newsmakers to receive a certificate of recognition for their efforts were Sports Administration professors Dr. Heather Lawrence-Benedict, Dr. Michael Pfahl, and Department Chair Dr. Norm O’Reilly.

Reflecting on the event, Dr. O’Reilly was proud to see the department so well-represented. “To have five professors recognized including two in the top 10 media output for the entire university put us among the top performing departments. For Jim and Dave both, this is an extraordinary accomplishment and one of which I am personally very proud. It also, again, provides evidence that we’re one of the top universities in our field anywhere.”

You can read more about the event and other honorees here: