Mila Su Appointed Faculty Athletics Rep to the NCAA
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. - Mila Su has accepted the appointment by SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling to be the Cardinals' new NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR). Su, an associate librarian at Feinberg Library, replaces Michael Miranda, who has resigned to take a position as associate director of research for academic policy and administration at the NCAA Office in Indianapolis.
"Becoming a FAR is a very exciting opportunity to better understand the experience of the student athlete with regard to their academic and athletic experience at Plattsburgh," Su said. "As a faculty member in this facilitative role, I look forward to working with the administration and the athletes to uphold the high standards and expectations that have been established."
Su arrived in Plattsburgh in August 2006 after spending 19 years at Penn State-Altoona, where she worked as a tenured reference librarian with associate rank.
She is no stranger to Cardinal Athletics as she is frequently seen at home games supporting the student-athletes. She also is nearing the end of a three-year appointment on the Intercollegiate Athletic Board and has been a member of the advisory committee for the college's Fitness and Wellness Leadership Program since last year.
"Mila is a great fit for this important position," said President John Ettling. "She has a passion for Cardinal athletics and a firm belief that students can achieve both great things on the field and in the classroom; the true definition of a student-athlete."
Su received a bachelor of arts degree in classical studies from Drew University, a M.S.L.S. Library Science degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master of science degree in kinesiology from the Pennsylvania State University. Her thesis was titled "Women's College Sports and a Guide to Collecting and Identifying Archival Materials." As an undergraduate, she was a student manager for the women's field hockey and lacrosse programs at Drew.
Su is a member of the American Library Association, Sport and Recreation Discussion Group (which she established), North American Sport Library Network and North American Society for Sport History.
She has been published in several sport encyclopedia materials, as well as presented and moderated panels at numerous sports history conferences. She plays recreational ice hockey.
Miranda completed 25 years of employment as a librarian at SUNY Plattsburgh before his move to the NCAA, where he spent the 2007-08 academic year on sabbatical from his Plattsburgh duties to be a research fellow. At the 2009 NCAA Convention in Washington, D.C., Miranda became the first FAR to receive the Meritorious Service Award by the Division III Commissioners' Association for significant and substantial contributions to Division III athletics.
The Cardinals' longtime FAR, Miranda served as chair of the NCAA Division III Management Council from 2005 to 2007, and he is past chair of the NCAA Research and Strategic Planning Committee.