FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University’s Faculty Athletic Representative, Dr. D. Allen Clabo, has been selected to attend the second-annual NCAA Division II FAR Fellows Institute, Oct. 14-16, in Indianapolis, Ind.
Clabo, an associate professor of chemistry at FMU, is beginning his second year as the FAR for the Patriot athletics program.
He is one of 22 FARs from across the nation chosen to attend the institute, and the lone Peach Belt Conference representative.
In addition to the three-day training session, faculty athletic representatives will have an opportunity for an open forum with the NCAA Management Council representatives.
Attendees are expected to stay in their position for some period of time after the institute in order to effectively carry out the objectives of the special joint initiative of FARA (Faculty Athletic Representatives Association) and Division II. They must commit to completing a project after developing an action plan at the institute, and then report on the outcomes of the project. Attendees must also be interested in mentoring other FARs.
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).
The Faculty Athletic Representative, working in conjunction with the compliance coordinator, is responsible for the oversight of the academic eligibility of all student-athletes. Among his duties, 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, and reports all secondary and major violations to the NCAA or conference office.