GREENVILLE, Pa. (Titan Athletics)– The Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) announced today that Dr. David Barner, professor of broadcast communications and chair of the School of Communication at Westminster College, will be honored as this year’s recipient of the Dow Carnahan Media Award.
The award is presented annually to a distinguished member of the media or on-campus representative for his or her commendable service while covering and promoting the conference’s student-athletes, coaches and programs. Carnahan, a longtime supporter and friend of the PAC, passed away unexpectedly on April 29, 2016. Carnahan was a 1982 graduate of Westminster. Carnahan, who was a WWNW (now known as Titan Radio) sports director, announced Titan games – including the 1981-82 men’s basketball season when Westminster won the District 18 Championship (the school’s first in 15 years). Barner’s first year at Westminster was Carnahan’s senior year.
Entering his 39th year at Westminster, Dr. Barner has served as department chair since 1994. A devoted supporter of Westminster and its athletic programs, he was presented with the College’s Honorary Titan Award for significant contributions to the athletic program in 1999. He has taught a variety of courses throughout his career while encouraging students to involve themselves in a variety of broadcasting experiences both on-air and behind-the-scenes.
An engaged member of the Westminster campus community, Dr. Barner is an active recruiter of students interested in the College’s School of Communication and assists with a variety of admissions activities. He has worked with numerous committees on campus, including the Faculty Personnel Committee (FPC) and Planning, Budget and Institutional Research Council (PBIRC). He has also served as chair of the Instructional Resources Committee (IRC).
In addition to hosting a weekly public service interview show titled “Roundtable” on the College’s radio station, WWNW, 88.9-FM, and serving as the play-by-play announcer for Titan football and basketball, Dr. Barner is also a co-advisor of The Holcad, Westminster’s award-winning, weekly student newspaper that allows students to gain valuable experiences managing, editing and delivering information to the community.
A member of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) and the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters (PAB), Dr. Barner helped Westminster secure three PAB educational grants for radio station improvements.
Dr. Barner earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Shippensburg University before completing his doctorate in educational communications at the University of Pittsburgh.
“I always admired Dow Carnahan as a broadcaster,” said Barner. “To receive an award named in his memory and based on his qualities is an honor of a lifetime.”
Barner will be formally honored at this year’s PAC Football Media Day on Tuesday, August 6 in Latrobe, PA. Sixth-year head coach Scott Benzel and junior All-PAC offensive tackle Cameron Mika will be representing Westminster.
*The PAC contributed to this release.