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Creator Athletic Committee (WKU)
Title UA1B University Wide Committees/Events 3. Committees 3. Athletic Committee
Collection WKU Archives
Object Name Documents
Year Range From 1926
Year Range To 1997
Description This is an artificial series created by culling Athletic Committee records from the President's Office files. It consists of meeting minutes, correspondence and reports. The early meeting minutes are incomplete through 1950. Topics routinely discussed were athletic schedules, awards, varsity standing of sports and compliance with conference and NCAA policies. Ohio Valley Conference meeting minutes and summaries of NCAA meetings are generally included.
Admin / Biog History The Athletic Committee was formed prior to 1926, unfortunately no records exist prior to that date. In a 1958 meeting L.T. Smith reported that the first committee members were M.A. Leiper, W.J. Craig, Florence Schneider and himself. While coaching staff were often in attendance at Athletic Committee meetings they were not members of the committeee. The committee met monthly to oversee scheduling of athletic events, approve the awarding of letters and trophies to student athletes and set policies governing participation in sports.

In the fall of 1969 a student member was added to the committee. In 1971 the committee was admonished to set up term limits and add a second student member. Several long standing members became ex-officio members at that time.

The committee's charge was outlined in a memo from L.T. Smith to Dero Downing in 1962:

1. Interpret and direct competitive intercollegiate athletic policies.
2. Represent the college in athletic conference relationships.
3. Serve as a liasion and interpreter of policies having to do with schedules, contests, etc.
4. Approve eligibility and athletic awards.
5. Cooperate with coaching staff in keeping Western's overall athletic program on the highest possible ethical and amateur standard.
6. Encourage the establishment of a well balanced, overall sports program which will prepare our graduates for coaching and teaching positions in this field.
7. Recommend to the President of the college and other administrative officers any possible improvements in connection with any phase of our athletic programs.

This charge has been expanded over the years as is reflected in the Guidelines for the University Athletics Committee, Spring 1997.

Chairs:
L.T. Smith 1926-1953 and probably earlier
H.L. Stephens 1954-1956
L.T. Smith 1956-1964
John Minton 1964-1978
Harry Largen 1979 [Jan. - July - while Minton was interim president]
John Minton 1979-1986
Paul Cook 1986-1992
William Kummer 1992-1994
Steve White 1995-2001
James Brown 2002-
Subjects Western Kentucky University
Committees
Basketball
Baseball
Football
Tennis
Track athletics
Gymnastics
Volleyball
Bowling
Softball
Swimming
Diving
People Thompson, E. Kelly, 1909-1993
Downing, Dero Goodman, 1921-2011
Diddle, Edgar Allen, 1895-1970
Minton, John Dean, 1921-2008
Search Terms Athletic Committee (WKU)
Athletic awards
Athletics (WKU)
Ohio Valley Conference
Finding Aids TopScholar - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/128/

March 1968 meeting minutes - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/1787
Related Materials UA3/4 President's Office, Series 4 Dero Downing
UA3/5 President's Office, Series 5 John Minton
UA3/6 President's Office, Series 6 Donald Zacharias
UA3/7 President's Office, Series 7 Kern Alexander
UA3/8 President's Office, Series 8 Thomas Meredith
UA19 Athletics
Catalog Number UA1B3.3
Dates of Creation 1926-
Caption WKU Archives Logo
Extent 1/2 cu. ft.
Number of Images 1
Access Conditions no restrictions
Parent ID UA1B3
Level of Description Subseries
Disciplines Sports Studies
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