DAPHNE, Ala. – The Academy President and CEO, Dr. TJ Rosandich, proudly awarded Dr. Bonnie Tiell as the 2014 recipient of the Academy’s Alumna of the Year award at the Annual Awards of Sport Ceremony on Thursday, November 6, 2014.

Dr. Tiell is the former Dean of Graduate Studies at Tiffin University (Ohio). She coordinates the Olympic Academic Experience and is co-chair of the NCAA/NACWAA Women’s Leadership Symposium.

As director of the Olympic Academic Experience, she has collaborated with members of the World Olympian Association and the International Olympic Committee for programming in London, England; Beijing, China; and Athens, Greece. She is currently organizing a session focusing on humanitarian relationships with underprivileged youth in the host Olympic city of Rio de’ Janeiro, Brazil for 2016.

The NCAA recently commissioned Dr. Tiell to conduct a five-year update on research that focuses on the Senior Woman Administrator and to explore a program with the Committee on Women’s Athletics to recognize institutions that foster positive work-life integration.

Dr. Tiell was named the winner of the 2013 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tom Donahue Service Award. She was recognized for her contributions to global sport administration, sport governance, leadership, and gender equity to the GLIAC and intercollegiate athletics.

She received her doctorate in Sports Management and Human Resource Management in 2004 from the United States Sports Academy; a masters of Education in Sports Administration from the University of North Carolina; and a bachelors in Physical Education from Troy University.

The United States Sports Academy’s Award of Sport program is a long-standing awards program within the Academy, dating back to 1985. The recipients of the awards will be recognized in an awards ceremony in November.
The 2013 Alumnus of the Year award was given to Greg McDermott, the head men’s basketball coach at Creighton University.

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