Frontier commissioner receives prestigious award

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kent Paulson, commissioner of the Frontier Conference, has been named the 2015 Charles Morris Administrator of the Year.

This prestigious honor, initiated in memory of former NAIA Associate Executive Director Charles Morris, recognizes an NAIA member who has made significant contributions as an administrator of intercollegiate athletics, while exemplifying the loyalty and enthusiasm Charles Morris had for the NAIA.

“Kent Paulson is a great choice for the Charles Morris Award,” said Gary Picone, Lewis-Clark State athletic director. “The criteria for being considered for this award speak specifically to loyalty and enthusiasm. No person I know has been more loyal to the Frontier Conference and the NAIA than Kent Paulson. Also anyone who knows or has worked with Kent for five minutes or longer feels his enthusiasm for what he does and who he represents. The Charles Morris award is considered a very prestigious award in the NAIA and having Kent Paulson as a recipient validates the awards status.”

As Commissioner of the Frontier Conference for the past six years, Paulson inspires others through his positivity and commitment to doing the right thing for his conference and for the national association. He serves as the chair of the CCA and as a representative on the National Administrative Council and is an indispensable asset to the Frontier Conference and the NAIA.

“Kent Paulson is a difference maker,” Rocky Mountain College athletic director Bruce Parker said. “He has made our conference relevant on a national level. Kent has made me a better athletic director and I truly value his friendship in a very demanding profession.”

Last winter, Paulson suffered a near fatal automobile accident. Kent’s inspiring recovery and return to the helm of the Frontier Conference is a true testament to his perseverance, fortitude and dedication to his member institutions.

“I can’t think of anyone more dedicated to the Frontier Conference and the NAIA then Kent,” said Dr. Anthony Fernandez of Lewis-Clark State, and president of the Council of Presidents said. “Nothing bears that out more than his dedication to the conference while recovering from a horrific car accident.”

— Frontier Conference

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