Valerie Beeson, 48-year employee to Harris-Stowe State University, was awarded the Charles Morris Administrator of the Year Award.
The Charles Morris Award was established in the memory of former NAIA Associate Executive Director, Charles Morris, and recognizes an NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) member who has made significant contributions as an administrator of intercollegiate athletics. Currently, Valerie serves as Special Assistant to the Athletics Director Harris-Stowe and AMC Eligibility Chair for the NAIA. However, in her early years at the university, she was a math instructor, eventually becoming the Director of Admissions and Athletics and Advisement until the year 2000.
As Eligibility Chair for the NAIA, she attends the NAIA conference yearly, receives and reviews eligibility certification and institutional violations for each Conference school, and facilitates “rule education” for new athletic representatives, athletic directors and coaches. Valerie has been the one and only Eligibility Chair for the American Midwest Conference (AMC) since 1994.
In 2001, Valerie was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in the Meritorious Service category.
Additionally, Valerie has served on more than a dozen AMC and NAIA committees, including the Competitive Experience Committee, Constitution and Bylaws Committee and Membership Evaluation Team.
Valerie remarks, “My colleagues at HSSU, the AMC and the NAIA understand that we must always do what is right and best for students BUT we must do so within the boundaries of institutional, conference and NAIA rules and regulations. I am humbled to represent the ideals of Charles Morris and blessed to be surrounded by people who have the same loyalty and enthusiasm for the NAIA as he did.”