Catawba's Appenzeller delivers keynote address at conference

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Dr. Tom Appenzeller, Associate Professor and Director of Sport Management at Catawba College, delivered the keynote address for the 66th annual state convention for the North Carolina Alliance for Health Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sport Management (NCAAHPERD-SM), according to a news release provided to WBTV.

Appenzeller was invited to deliver this inaugural keynote address named by this organization in honor of the late Dr. William "Bill" Russell, a longtime faculty member at Catawba and Appenzeller's colleague.

During the convention held in November of 2014, Appenzeller was also presented with the organization's Honor Award for Distinguished Service, the highest award offered by the NCAAHPERD-SM. Appenzeller offered a session on Youth Sport and Child Labor at the convention.

Appenzeller joined the Catawba faculty in 2011 after 22 years at Wingate University where he served Assistant Professor of Sport Management, Coordinator of the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, a Spivey Professor, and finally, Associate Professor of Sport Management.

His prior work experience includes serving as Assistant Athletic Director at Chowan College; Athletic Director of Riverheads High School in Staunton, Va.; Head Football and Track Coach at Elkin High School in Elkin and East Montgomery High School in Biscoe, N.C.; and Sports Information Director at Presbyterian College.

A native of Greensboro, Appenzeller earned his bachelor's degree in History Education from Presbyterian College, his M.Ed. in History Education from UNC Greensboro, his M.S. in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts, and his Ph.D. in Physical Education from UNC Greensboro.

Today, he has four books to his credit: "Successful Sport Management" (third edition); "Youth Sport and the Law: A Guide to Legal Issues;" "Sports and the Courts;" and "Cows Are People Too: Lessons from Someone Out Standing in the Field."

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