Long-time Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) Dr. Clinton Robertson, also assistant dean of the College of Business, was inducted into the Wilmington University Athletics Hall of Fame on April 15.
The University’s first FAR, Dr. Robertson was instrumental in guiding the Athletics Department through the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II membership. Since the 2004-05 season, when Wilmington became a Division II school, the University has added six men’s and women’s sports.
At the induction ceremony, Director of Athletics Dr. Stefanie Whitby called Dr. Robertson “a mentor and friend” to student-athletes and “a positive promoter of college athletics.”
“He has worked as a liaison to articulate the benefits of intercollegiate athletics to faculty and staff,” she said, and “has generously given of his time and resources, never complaining, . . . and always answering a call and an email with promptness and sound advice.”
Adds Assistant Athletic Director Dr. Erin Harvey: “Over the years, Dr. Robertson has been a tremendous advocate for student-athletes at WilmU and has done an incredible job in bridging athletics and academics. We are truly grateful for the outstanding service he has provided.”
Dr. Robertson says he has enjoyed his tenure as FAR. “It’s been challenging at times, but there have been more rewards than challenges. It’s been a good ride.”
He is succeeded by Dr. Matthew Wilson, chair of First Year Experience & English as a Second Language in the College of Arts and Sciences. “Matt brings a lot of passion for our students,” says Dr. Whitby, “and Dr. Robertson has done a great job of mentoring him to ensure a seamless transition.”