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NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. (pacathletics.org) – Dr. Kathy Brittain Richardson, president at Westminster College, will serve as the chair of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Presidents’ council for the 2017-18 academic year, beginning July 1.

Dr. Richardson succeeds Douglas G. Lee, J.D., president at Waynesburg University, who served as the PAC Presidents’ Council chair in 2016-17.

The Presidents’ Council holds ultimate authority and responsibility for PAC governance. The Presidents’ Council is responsible for the establishment, direction, and if necessary, the enforcement of general policy, including the conference office’s annual budget and all other financial matters.

“I am deeply honored to serve as the chair of the Presidents’ Council of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference. The Division III values of excellence in academics, athleticism, integrity and inclusion are strongly supported by the conference, and it is a pleasure to work with the PAC’s institutional leadership to continue to promote the holistic development of our student-athletes,” said Dr. Richardson.

Dr. Richardson began serving as the 15th president of Westminster in July 2016. She had been serving as provost and a professor of communication at Berry College (Rome, Ga.), where she joined the faculty in 1986. She was named provost in 2013, having previously served nine years as associate provost of the college and a year as interim provost.

She earned a bachelor of arts degree in communication and religion/philosophy summa cum laude from Shorter College and a master’s in journalism and a doctorate in mass communication from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. She received the Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award in 2014 from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Dr. Richardson is a co-author of Media Ethics: Cases and Moral Reasoning, which released its 10th edition last year, and of Applied Public Relations: Cases in Stakeholder Management, which is in its third edition. She is a member of the editorial board of Mass Communication & Society and the Journal of Media Ethics. She has published journal articles and book chapters in media ethics, product promotion, visual imagery, digital media and religion, and communication pedagogy.

She is married to Dr. Randy Richardson, who is a visiting associate professor of communication studies at Westminster. He holds a doctorate in communication and rhetorical processes from Wayne State University.

Jim Dafler, entering his 20th year as Westminster’s director of athletics, will serve as chair of the PAC Athletic Administrators (AA) Council, while senior woman administrator, assistant director of athletics and head women’s volleyball coach Tammy Swearingen will chair the PAC Senior Woman Administrators Council (SWAC). The PAC Faculty Athletic Representatives Association (FARA) will be chaired by Dr. Sararose Lynch, an assistant professor of mathematics education in the College’s School of Education.

At its Spring 2017 meeting the PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) selected Westminster College rising senior Zack Walters (Hermitage, Pa. | Hickory) as its president for the 2017-18 academic year. Bethany College rising juniors Francesca Capaldi (Steubenville, Ohio | Catholic Central) and Mark Tichenor (Pittsburgh, Pa. | Brentwood) were selected to serve as PAC SAAC vice presidents.

Joe Onderko will continue to serve the PAC as its commissioner in 2016-17, beginning his 12th year directing the league and 17th year with the conference this fall. Kevin Fenstermacher begins his sixth year as a member of the PAC staff this fall as the league’s assistant commissioner/director of communications after an 11-year run at conference member Thiel College.

Founded in 1955, the PAC continues its mission of promoting intercollegiate athletics and the pursuit of academic excellence. Consisting of 10 select private institutions in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky, the PAC remains a unique organization in this day of high pressure intercollegiate athletics. With academics at the center of each member’s philosophy, the PAC is built on the principle that an athletic program is a part of college life, but not an entity in itself. The PAC annually crowns champions in 21 sports (11 men, 10 women).

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