WKU Athletics Director Wins National Award

June 14, 2001

Bowling Green, Ky. - Western Kentucky University Athletics Director Dr. Wood Selig has been selected to receive one of two H.S. Warwick Research Awards by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

The 2001 awards will be presented at the CASE International Assembly in San Francisco on July 1. The winners receive $2,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the annual Assembly.

Dr. Selig won the Warwick Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award for "A study of Donor Predictability Among Alumni Athletes at the University of Virginia" published in 1999. His study explores the patterns of giving among UVA's alumni athletes.

He has served as athletics director at Western Kentucky for nearly two years (since August, 1999). Prior to that, he spent 11 years in athletics administration at Virginia, the last five of those as associate athletics director for external operations. A native of Chapel Hill, N.C., who calls Norfolk, Va., home, Dr. Selig has also worked in athletic departments at Virginia Commonwealth and at Ohio University. He received his bachelor's degree from Washington & Lee in 1983, a master's from Ohio U in '85 and his doctorate in higher education from UVA in '99.

The other Warwick Award, for Outstanding Published Scholarship, was won by Jarene Frances Lee with Julia M. Catagnus for their What We Learned (The Hard Way) About Supervising Volunteers: An Action Guide for Making Your Job Easier.

The H.S. Warwick Research Awards are named in honor of Herbert S. Warwick, the first full-time alumni secretary at Ohio State University and the founder (in 1913) of the Association of Alumni Secretaries, one of CASE's predecessor organizations. The awards are presented for outstanding writing about alumni relations.

CASE is the largest international association of education institutions, serving more than 3,200 universities, colleges, schools and related organizations in 45 countries. CASE is the leading resource for professional development, information and standards in the fields of education fund raising, communications and alumni relations.