Montana State University

Haynes tapped as new MSU NCAA faculty representative

April 13, 2011

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George Haynes, a professor of agricultural economics at Montana State University who calls himself a life-long Bobcat fan, has been appointed as MSU's Faculty Athletics Representative to the Big Sky Conference and the NCAA.

Faculty Athletics Representatives serve as a liaison between the institution and the athletics department and also as a representative of the institution in conference and NCAA affairs, according to the national Faculty Athletics Representative Association.

Haynes will replace Bob Oakberg, the MSU civil engineering professor who is retiring from the faculty representative post after more than two decades.

MSU President Waded Cruzado said that Haynes is an excellent choice to continue MSU's tradition of developing high-quality athletic teams comprised of high-achieving students, resulting in a source of pride for everyone associated with MSU.

"First of all, I thank Bob Oakberg for his many years of excellent service to this university and its athletics programs," Cruzado said. "I am confident that George Haynes will continue this tradition of excellence."

Haynes is currently chairman of MSU's University Athletics Committee. He has been a member of the committee that is made up of faculty, staff and students since 2006. The committee acts in an advisory role to the MSU president and vice president of student success.

A former athlete, Haynes played basketball at an NAIA school before receiving his bachelor's in economics from the University of Montana. He earned his master's degree in agricultural economics from MSU and his doctorate in consumer economics from Cornell University. He has taught courses in the College of Education, Health and Human Development, is a tenured professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics and an Extension Specialist.

"Athletic plays an important role for students, faculty, staff, alumni and others affiliated with MSU," Haynes said in accepting Cruzado's nomination. "Student athletes benefit by learning how to balance the demands of the classroom with those on the field. I'm honored to be able to contribute further to MSU's proud academic tradition being solidly integrated with its athletic programs."

Tracy Ellig (406) 994-5607, tellig@montana.edu