FLORENCE, S.C. – D. Allen Clabo, assistant professor of chemistry at Francis Marion University, has been appointed as the university’s new Faculty Athletic Representative. Clabo will assume the position on May 1.
Clabo will succeed George E. “Eddy” Harding, who has served as the FAR since the position’s establishment in 1988. Harding stepped down in order to devote more time to Francis Marion’s international exchange program activities in Germany.
“Eddy has done a terrific job as liaison between the faculty and intercollegiate athletic program, and will be sorely missed in that role,” said FMU president Fred Carter. “But his great love has been the German programs, and he’ll devote more time to those programs in the future.
“His position also gained new responsibilities when the university moved to NCAA membership in the early 1990s, and he has continued to represent Francis Marion in the most professional manner. He has helped to mesh the academic and athletic arenas into a positive working unit,” added Carter.
“I am equally delighted that Allen Clabo has been chosen as the new FAR. His selection should only help to continue the solid and helping relationship our faculty has with the intercollegiate athletic program.”
A native of Columbia, Clabo earned B.S. degrees in chemistry and physics (magna cum laude) from the University of Richmond and the Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from the University of California (Berkeley). Prior to coming to Florence, he taught for two years as a visiting assistant professor at Auburn University. He previously worked for Endress+Hauser Inc. as a product manager/sensor research scientist and with Philip Morris USA Research Center as a summer research associate. He spent a year-and-a-half as a post-doctoral research fellow in Germany, was a graduate research and teaching assistant/associate at UC-Berkeley, and was an undergraduate research and teaching assistant at Richmond.
“I am very excited about this new opportunity – one that deals with two areas (athletics and academics) that interest me very much,” Clabo said. “The student-athlete is an interesting dichotomy and a special part of the campus community, and in this new role I hope to help preserve the balance of athletic and educational experiences for these individuals.”
The Faculty Athletic Representative, working in conjunction with the compliance coordinator, is responsible for the oversight of the academic eligibility of all student-athletes. The FAR administers annual recruiting tests to coaches, participates in mandated NCAA education sessions at the beginning of each semester and administers exit interviews to seniors at the end of the year, serves on the FMU Compliance Committee, participates on search committees for new head coaches, and reports all secondary and major violations to the NCAA or conference office. The FAR also represents the university at NCAA and Peach Belt Conference meetings and serves on committees as appointed.