Watch the ceremony live here - http://cosida.com/watch/?Live=6
San José State University graduate and former two-time national champion and four-time All-America fencer Dr. Stacey Johnson is one of four distinguished professionals, all standout collegiate scholar-athletes, that will be inducted this Sunday, June 11, to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America® Hall of Fame.
Created in 1988, the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Hall of Fame recognizes former Academic All-Americas who received a college degree at least 10 years ago, have achieved lifetime success in their professional careers, and are committed to philanthropic causes.
This year's 2017 inductees into the Academic All-America® Hall of Fame are:
Dr. Stacey Johnson, a two-time national champion and four-time All-America fencer at San José State University and a 1980 U.S. Olympian;
Heather O'Reilly, University of North Carolina women's soccer standout who helped UNC earn two NCAA titles and went on to international success with the U.S. National Team, winning three Olympic gold medals and a FIFA world championship;
Rachel Price Bell, PhD, an All-America volleyball standout at the University of North Alabama who was twice selected as the top female student-athlete in the Gulf South Conference;
Stephanie White, Purdue University women's basketball standout and the 1999 national Player of the Year when she led the Boilermakers to the 1999 NCAA championship who went on to star in the WNBA before turning to coaching professionally and at the collegiate level.
The four new inductees will join the prestigious 142-members Academic All-America® Hall of Fame this June. They will be inducted into the Academic All-America® Hall of Fame at CoSIDA's annual convention in Orlando, Florida on Sunday, June 11th during the organization's annual Hall of Fame Ceremony at the World Center Marriott. The CoSIDA convention is held in conjunction with the annual National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and Affiliates Convention for a fifth straight year.
"In our 2017 Academic All-America® Hall of Fame class, we recognize four women who made major contributions to their respective collegiate sports and who continue to make significant impact in their professional careers," said Andy Seeley, UCF Assistant Athletic Director for Communications and current CoSIDA president. "As undergraduates, they excelled at the highest levels to their respective sports while also being committed to obtaining extraordinary academic success."
The June 11th Hall of Fame induction ceremony will feature ESPN's Rece Davis as emcee and legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg, the ambassador of the Academic All-America® program, as special guest and presenter. At that time, the 2016 Dick Enberg Award recipient, former Ole Miss chancellor Dr. Robert Khayat, also will be recognized.
The AAA Hall of Fame event, which will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on June 11, is free and open to all attendees of the CoSIDA and NACDA convention.
"We are so pleased to announce this year's Academic All-America® Hall of Fame class. For so many of us involved with CoSIDA, this annual induction celebration has truly become a special evening honoring amazing individuals with wonderful and heartfelt stories of great accomplishment as both students, athletes and citizens within their communities," noted Bernie Cafarelli, American Athletic Conference Associate Commissioner for Communications/External Affairs and chair of the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Hall of Fame committee.
"Their stories have a lasting impact on those who attend the event each year. On behalf of the Academic All-America® committee, we are proud to welcome another distinguished group into the Academic All-America® Hall of Fame."
Dr. Stacey Johnson - San José State University '80, Fencing
Johnson is the Class of 2017's Honorary inductee. The honorary designation is awarded to a former distinguished scholar-athlete whose collegiate career pre-dated the Academic All-America® program in his/her particular sport.
She has served as President of Valencia College's East and Winter Park campuses (Orlando, Florida) since the summer of 2012.
One of the most decorated fencers in United States collegiate and national history, Johnson competed for San José State from 1976 to 1979. Named an All-American every season, she also was a two-time National Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association champion and led the Spartans to two team national championships.
As part of the United States national fencing program, Johnson was a three-time United States national team champion, competed in the 1977 and 1979 World University Games and was a 1980 U.S. Olympian.
She continued her service to the Olympics by serving on the U.S. Olympic Committee's Board of Directors from 1996 to 2004, and was elected to the USOC Executive Committee for 2003-2004.
In addition, Johnson served as president of the U.S. Fencing Association from 2000 to 2004, and was the first woman in the organization's 125-year history to serve four terms as president.
A standout academically at San José State, she earned her bachelor's degree in public relations in 1980. Johnson went on to receive a masters of arts in communications from Incarnate Word University (San Antonio, Texas) before earning her doctorate in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin where she studied in the university's Community College Leadership Program.
Prior to her position at Valencia, Johnson was vice president of academic affairs at Palo Alto College (San Antonio, Texas) from 2007-12. While in San Antonio, Johnson also founded the "Dreams for Youth" San Antonio Sports Foundation, which received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Olympic Committee for its work in serving 100,000 children.
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