Johnson named to athletic panel
Jim Johnson is entering his second year as Pittsburg State’s athletic director with a new honor and some added responsibility.
Johnson, along with three other athletic directors, was appointed to the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) on Wednesday, Aug. 10. He succeeds Eric Schoh of Wayne State College. His term runs through June 2015.
The NACDA is comprised of eight directors from the NCAA Division I, eight from Division II, III and the NAIA and four more from the junior/community colleges. There are 10 at-large members, totaling 30 members. Johnson is one of the five Division II athletic directors on the committee.
Johnson was selected out of more than 2,000 administrators. He says he recognizes how much of an honor it is to be selected.
“It’s nice for your peers and other athletic adm
inistrators to recognize me with this honor,” he said.
But at the same time he realizes that it’s less of an honor for him individually as it is for the university.
“It’s a good thing for Pittsburg State more than it is for me,” Johnson said. “No matter if it’s me, (Steve) Scott or any other administrator who is selected to a group of 30, it’s great for our program. It’s good for Pitt State no matter whose name is attached.”
The NACDA is in its 47th year of operation and serves as the professional and educational association for more than 6,500 administrators in more than 1,600 institutions. It is a professional development organization that plans athletic activities. The board members organize, plan and take part in the award programs.
Johnson will help with all of these things as he serves the fifth district of the NACDA, which includes Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Kansas.
Although, he has the title of district representative, he says that he isn’t any more important than the other athletic directors. He made it clear that his job is to help voice the opinions of the other directors.
Johnson served as the commissioner of the MIAA for three years before coming to Pitt State last year.