Szymanski Named Faculty Athletic Representative
Dr. David M. Szymanski

July 20, 2012

Dr. David M. Szymanski has been selected to be the new faculty athletic representative (FAR) at the University of Cincinnati, replacing Dr. Fritz Russ who is retiring.

Dr. Szymanski is the dean and a professor of marketing in UC's Carl H. Lindner College of Business. He came to UC in 2010 from Texas A&M. Dr. Szymanski received his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where he was a member of the men's basketball and tennis teams. He went on to earn a master's degree in economics at Vanderbilt University and an MBA and PhD in business administration with concentrations in marketing and statistics from the University of Wisconsin.

"The role of the faculty athletic representative is crucial to me," said UC President Dr. Gregory H. Williams. "This person serves as my extension to the athletics department and provides me with thoughts and feedback.  Additionally, this role offers diverse perspectives and guidance to the department itself. It is a very demanding job, one that Dr. Russ did very well. As I considered who could best replace Dr. Russ, Dean Szymanski quickly came to mind. He is an outstanding leader on our campus and he will be just as outstanding as our new faculty athletic representative."

The FAR, as defined by the NCAA's FAR handbook, ensures that student-athletes meet all eligibility requirements; serve as a senior advisor to the institution's chief executive officer, including the interpretation and advising on NCAA and Big East Conference legislation and intercollegiate athletics issues; provide oversight of student-athlete welfare initiatives; ensure institutional compliance and appropriate reporting; represent the institution at NCAA and Big East Conference meetings; and serve as a resource to the student-athletes.

"I'm glad to welcome Dean Szymanski to the Bearcat family in his new role as our faculty athletic representative," said director of athletics Whit Babcock. "He already knows our coaches, staff and student-athletes and I'm eager to have his input into our vision and goals. I'm excited about what he brings to our department as our new FAR."

Dr. Russ retires from UC after serving for over two decades as a member of the faculty in the Lindner College of Business. He was selected as the FAR in 2007.

"The service provided by Dr. Russ to our athletics department was exemplary and he will be missed as he transitions into retirement," said Dr. Williams. "He was held in great respect and admiration by the coaches and staff in athletics and his contributions positively affected our student-athletes. We owe a great thanks to Dr. Russ for his service to UC athletics."

Babcock said, "I can't say enough about how much I appreciate Fritz Russ. From the day I stepped on campus, he was there as an important advisor to me, providing his insightful perspectives and strategic guidance. I wish him the very best in his retirement and we will miss him."