Dr. Joseph SpearsBowie State University (BSU) Sport Management Professor of Bowie, MD and 2011 Academy graduate, Dr. Joseph Spears, has been named the new Faculty Athletic Representative for BSU. He will act as the liaison between the university and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) under his new appointment.

Dr. Spears began his education with the Academy in 2004 when he enrolled in the Ed.D. program. His education was mostly residential based while he also took some courses online.

“The Academy really prepared me for the real world of sports and the competitiveness that I needed to do what I am currently during,” he said. “I would recommend the Academy to someone else without a doubt because of the real world perspective.”

Currently Dr. Spears is responsible for teaching, advising, conducting research, and service. His biggest challenge, he said, will be “working against the old regime and implementing relevant change that may not be reflected of the norm.”

Dr. Spears has been a College of Education faculty member and the coordinator of the undergraduate secondary education program since 2013. He is also the character coach for the BSU Bulldogs track and field teams. His new position with BSU adds a new level of responsibility to his current repertoire.

The Academy has prepared him for his new position through the research he performed in his classes, Dr. Spears said, and has given him a better understanding of the business of sport and community relationship aspect of sport.

“My goals have only enhanced and been achieved and broaden due to the experiences that I have been afforded as a result of the opportunities that have been made available because my achievements at the Academy.”

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