LaForge Replaces Huey As Clemson NCAA Representative
CLEMSON - Clemson University management professor Larry LaForge has been named the school's faculty representative to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), effective July 1. He succeeds mechanical engineering professor Cecil Huey, who held the position for 13 years.
"This appointment gives me the opportunity to serve Clemson in a unique capacity. This is a critical position because it addresses our integrity as an institution as we seek excellence in both academics and athletics," LaForge said. "I look forward to continuing and building upon the excellent work of Dr. Huey over the past 13 years."
Clemson President James Barker said the appointment of LaForge to replace Huey will provide a seamless transition.
"Dr. Huey represents the best of Clemson, academically and athletically - from his years as a Clemson student and athlete to his commitment as a member of our faculty. His work with the ACC and the NCAA is remarkable.
"Dr. LaForge also brings a strong Clemson spirit to the position, having attended the university as an undergraduate and returning to join the management faculty where he has established an excellent teaching and research record," Barker said. "This transition in representation continues the Clemson commitment to student athletes."
As faculty representative, LaForge will contribute to institutional control of the athletics program by bringing an academic perspective to long-range planning, policymaking and daily operation of the program. The faculty representative works closely with athletic and academic officials to ensure that Clemson maintains its academic integrity, complies with NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference regulations, and provides a meaningful educational experience to student athletes.
LaForge received a degree in industrial management from Clemson in 1970. He has been on the Clemson faculty for 25 years, during which he was named Calhoun Honors College Professor of the Year (1991), Alumni Distinguished Professor of Management (1994), South Carolina Professor of the Year (1995), and received the Class of 1939 Award for Excellence (1996) and the Prince Award for Innovation in Teaching (2000). He became a fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute on 1996 and has received national awards for innovative teaching from Microsoft Business Solutions, the Decision Sciences Institute and the Academy of Business.
LaForge has served two terms on Clemson's athletic council, during which he served on the academic standards and integrity committee. He is on the advisory board of the student athlete enrichment program and has served on various ad hoc committees to review programs and policies in the Vickery Hall Student-Athlete Enrichment Program.