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Professor Balint Sztaray

Chemistry Professor Balint Sztaray will serve as the Faculty Athletics Representative for a renewable three-year term beginning July 1.

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Balint Sztaray to serve as Faculty Athletic Representative

May 3, 2018

Balint Sztaray, professor of chemistry in the College of the Pacific, has been appointed to be the new Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR), effective July 1, 2018. The FAR, required by NCAA, serves as the university liaison between faculty and athletics. It is a three-year, renewable position. Sztaray replaces Louise Stark, who has served since 2014. 

In this role, Sztaray will represent faculty at the conference and NCAA level and provide a faculty perspective on the university's conduct of its intercollegiate athletics program. He will certify student-athletes' academic eligibility, monitor their academic progress and help resolve their academic concerns. In addition, he will work with the athletics director on NCAA and conference policy development, sit on athletics committees and monitor and investigate NCAA rules compliance as appropriate. 

Sztaray joined Pacific in 2008 as associate professor in chemistry and was promoted to full professor in 2016. He has served as the founding director of the Freshman Honors Program since 2014 and is the current University Marshal. He has been an active member of the Athletics Advisory Board since 2012.  

"Balint has a strong commitment to our student-athletes in his long service to the Athletics Advisory Board. This, in addition to his student-centered approach to teaching and his leadership of the Honors Program, will make him an ideal Faculty Athletics Representative," said President Pamela A. Eibeck. "He has expressed deep passion for the success of our student athletes. He will do a great job working and communicating with the constituents who support our student-athletes."  

President Eibeck also extended her thanks to Dr. Stark for her service over the past three years.  

"Louise has provided exceptional leadership as the Faculty Athletics Representative," Eibeck said. "The need for a committed and thoughtful FAR was critical as we dealt with unexpected sanctions, and Louise remained optimistic and focused on the best outcome for our student-athletes and the institution. I am grateful for her service and her support."

View the Spring 2018 FAR newsletter (Pacific login required) or contact the Faculty Athletics Representative at FAR@pacific.edu.

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