NEW ALBANY, Ind. -- Dr. Chris Cox of IU Southeast has been chosen as the 2016-17 River States Conference Faculty Athletics Representative of the Year. Dr. Cox was chosen after a voting of athletic directors and FARs in the conference.

Dr. Cox is an Associate Professor of Marketing and the Director of the Sanders Professional Sales Center at IU Southeast. Not only the faculty athletics representative for Grenadiers athletics, he is also the FAR for the River States Conference and a part of the RSC Eligibility Committee. Dr. Cox is the first recipient of RSC FAR of the Year, a new award this year. He is the conference's nominee for NAIA FAR of the Year. 

The faculty athletics representative at NAIA schools is a member of the faculty who works with the athletic department to certify the eligibility of all student-athletes at that institution before they can represent the school in competition. The FAR cannot be a coach or an athletics administrator and is well versed in the rules and regulations of the NAIA. 

Professor Cox's teaching and research are focused on marketing strategy, personal selling, sales management and negotiation. Prior to arriving at IU Southeast in 2007, he was a professor at Nicholls State (La.) University. There he was an advisor for student-athletes in the College of Business and was a member of the Board of Advisors for the athletics fundraising organization known as the Colonel Club.