RICHMOND – Dr. Sheila Pressley, an associate professor in Eastern Kentucky University’s Department of Environmental Health Science, has been named the new University Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR). Pressley begins her duties on July 1.
As Eastern’s FAR, Pressley will serve as a liaison between the University and the athletics department, and also as a representative of the institution in Ohio Valley Conference and NCAA affairs. Pressley will chair the University Athletics Committee and provide strategic input to both the University President and Director of Athletics in an effort to enhance academic integrity, ensure institutional control of the athletics program, and promote student-athlete well-being.
In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate classes at EKU, Pressley also serves on a number of University committees. She was the first African-American to chair the EKU Faculty Senate (2012-14) and also served on the EKU Presidential Search Committee in 2012-13. She is currently the co-chair of the New Faculty Orientation Committee and a member of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee. Past service activities include the NCAA EKU Athletics Certification Committee (Governance and Commitment to Rules Compliance Subcommittee) and the Diversity Planning Council.
Pressley earned her bachelor’s degree from Western Carolina University, her master’s degree from Tufts University, and her doctoral degree from the University of Kentucky. She joined the EKU faculty in 2004.
Prior to teaching at Eastern Kentucky, Pressley worked for a non-profit organization in Chicago where she directed a series of environmental health and safety training programs in the Midwest and on the East Coast funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Pressley is replacing Dr. Larry Collins, who served as the FAR for the past five years before retiring from the University.