Bates to Step Down as Athletics Faculty Representative June 30

Feb. 21, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- After 22 years of service as the University of Michigan's Faculty Athletics Representative to the Big Ten Conference and NCAA, Professor of Education Percy Bates will be stepping down from that role on June 30. He will be succeeded by Anne Curzan, associate professor of English, linguistics and education.

In the NCAA structure, faculty representatives are considered among the university's top administrators. They oversee student-athlete welfare, certify eligibility and maintain the balance of athletics and academics. NCAA bylaws call for each member institution to designate a faculty member as a liaison between the institution and the athletics department, and also as a representative of the institution in conference and NCAA affairs.

"Percy has served this university and athletic department for over 20 years," said Dave Brandon, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. "He has helped steer us through many challenges and rewarding experiences. Percy has always looked out for the student-athlete and what's best for the university and the athletic department. We appreciate his guidance and thank him for all of his years of service, and look forward to developing an outstanding working relationship with Anne."

A 2010 inductee into the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame, Bates has been a U-M faculty member since 1965. He was appointed to Michigan's athletic board by former Director of Athletics Don Canham in 1977, and in 1990, university president James Duderstadt appointed him as the university's faculty representative. Bates also held a term as chair of the NCAA's Division I Management Council.

Bates has served as an assistant dean, chairperson of the Special Education Program, and division director for Curriculum, Teaching, and Psychological Studies.

He has previously served as deputy assistant secretary for special education in the Department of Education in Washington, D.C., and was a member of the secretary of education's Title IX Commission on Opportunities in Athletics. Bates has worked with dozens of school districts, assisting them with assessing educational programs, as well as dealing with equity, gender and desegregation issues that teachers and administrators encounter daily.

Bates earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Central Michigan University (1958), his master's in vocational rehabilitation from Wayne State (1961), and his Ph.D from Michigan in educational psychology (1968).