Dr. Richard Oates, interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of North Georgia (UNG), was awarded the 2016 Distinguished Administrator Award from the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education (NAKHE) during the association's 2016 conference Jan. 6-9 in San Diego.
"Dr. Oates has spent his professional career building family structures at his institution, within his state, and as part of this national association," said Dr. Leah Holland Fiorentino, a NAKHE fellow and professor of health, physical education and recreation at University of North Carolina – Pembroke. "His capacity to build effective units was recognized by his institution, and he is known to care for his colleagues at all levels."
In 2015, Oates was elected to serve as vice president of NAKHE and provided oversight for the year's conference in Orlando.
"To be recognized by your peers is quite an honor and a humbling experience," Oates said. "When I looked at previous award recipients I saw the names of colleagues and mentors — those I tried to emulate because I had seen the positive impact they had on their students, institutions and organizations. I wanted to follow their example and strive to be an administrator who made a difference."
Prior to his current position at UNG, Oates served as vice provost, associate provost, interim dean of UNG's Mike Cottrell College of Business, and associate dean of UNG's College of Education. He earned a Bachelor of Science in health, physical education and recreation from Erskine College, a master's in physical education and doctorate in physical education curriculum and instruction from the University of Georgia.