Coker Professor Emerita Kaye Crook Appointed to National NCAA Committee

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Coker College Professor Emerita of Mathematics Kaye Crook has been appointed as a member of the NCAA Division II Membership Committee.

Crook’s term of service on the committee will begin Sept. 1 and continue through Sept. 1, 2016.

“I am honored to be selected to serve on the membership committee, particularly at a time when managed growth is an important issue in the strategic plan of Division II,” said Crook.

“Kaye will be enormously helpful to the committee, which works collaboratively to help fulfill the NCAA’s responsibilities to cultivate and support the highest standards of leadership and engagement across the organization,” said Coker College President Robert Wyatt, who began a term on the NCAA Division II President’s Council earlier this month. “Kaye is yet another example of the drive to make a difference, both locally and nationally, which, I am proud to say, has long been a hallmark of Coker College.”

Joining Wyatt in applauding the appointment, Director of Athletics Lynn Griffin noted that Crook’s chief strengths at Coker make her an especially good fit for this committee.

“Of the thousands of students and faculty at Coker with whom Kay has worked over the past 30 years, I dare say none would dispute the drive and talent she has for bringing excellence forward,” said Griffin. “She will be a tremendous asset on this committee, and NCAA’s membership will be stronger for her service.”

Crook joined the Coker faculty in 1982. She coordinates the mathematics education major and is the faculty athletic representative for the College.

She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro and a Master of Arts from East Carolina University.

Crook’s appointment brings to six, the number of Coker representatives serving on national NCAA Committees.

In addition to Crook and Wyatt, others from Coker who serve on NCAA Committees include Griffin, who serves on the nominations committee and Christian Stryker, director of sports information and event administration, who serves on the baseball committee.  Katie McElveen, a student-athlete at Coker, serves on the student-athlete advisory committee and Katie Flaherty, Coker’s accreditation liaison officer with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the College’s assistant athletic director in charge of NCAA compliance, serves on the committee for legislative relief.

Established in 1906, the NCAA’s mission is to be an integral part of higher education and to focus on the development of our student-athletes.

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Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

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