Central Michigan University President Bob Davies has appointed faculty members Alysa Lucas, from
communication and dramatic arts, and Adam Epstein, from finance and law, to serve as faculty athletic representatives. Lucas and Epstein replace Kevin Love, from management, who has served in the role for 15 years.
Faculty athletics representatives represent the university in its relationship with the National Collegiate Athletics Association and the Mid-American Conference, advocating for student-athletes’ health, wellness, athletic success and academic integrity. In this role, Lucas and Epstein will regularly interact with students in a variety of ways, including observing them in the classroom and during competition.
The position reports directly to the president and works with students, coaches and athletics staff to address a variety of issues such as mental health, academic standing, ethical behavior and conduct.
“The role of athletics at a major university requires great collaboration between faculty and staff who are focused on the success and well-being of our students. Dr. Lucas and Dr. Epstein bring different but complementary skills to the position,” Davies said.
"I am confident they will collaborate well with each other, athletics and our student-athletes to uphold CMU’s academic standards. I also trust they will help to uphold our university’s distinction and culture of being one of only 13 Division I programs in the nation to never have a major NCAA rules infraction."