Chris Voelz, Executive Director of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented by Honda, announced today the appointment of several new board members to the CWSA. The CWSA Board of Directors is pleased to include Kevin Anderson, Athletics Director from the University of Maryland, Marie Robbins, Senior Associate Athletics Director - Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) at the University of Alabama and Dr. Timothy P. White, Chancellor of The California State University.
The CWSA, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015-16, has honored the nation’s top NCAA women student-athletes for the past 39 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service.
"Just as certain classes of honorees are especially gifted, we are fortunate to have an upcoming class of new board members that are likewise,” stated Voelz. “With the additions of Kevin Anderson, Marie Robbins and Tim White we have strong geographical and conference representation, extensive years of successful leadership, and a clear passion for the female student-athlete experience. All three are long-time supporters and advocates of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program and we are thrilled to add them to an already impressive Board of Directors.“
Anderson is entering his sixth year as the Director of Athletics at the University of Maryland. During his tenure, Anderson’s influence in competitive excellence has guided Maryland to four national championships, five national championship final appearances and 11 trips to the Final Four.
He was among seven inductees into the NACDA/John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation Hall of Fame in 2014 and a year later, Anderson was also honored with the Golden Anniversary Award for his work with the John McLendon Minority Foundation, a unique award recognizing those individuals, companies and organizations that have had significant impact on NACDA over its first 50 years.
Robbins, an Associate Athletics Director since 1996 and SWA since 2001 at Alabama, was recently promoted to Senior Associate Athletics Director. In addition to an array of administrative duties, she has oversight duties with women's basketball, gymnastics, softball, volleyball and the men and women's track and field programs.
As a former University of Alabama gymnast, Robbins led the Crimson Tide to a Southeastern Conference and NCAA title in 1988 and another SEC title in 1990. She earned four All-America honors, an SEC all-around title and three Academic All-SEC accolades and a Southeastern Conference Postgraduate scholarship.
White is chancellor of the California State University system, the largest four-year system of higher education in the United States. As chancellor, he oversees 23 campuses, nearly 460,000 students, and 47,000 faculty and staff. The CSU, which spans the entire state of California, has an annual budget of more than $5 billion. It is one of the most diverse and most affordable university systems in the country.
White is the seventh chancellor to serve as head of the CSU system. Previously, he served as chancellor of the University of California, Riverside, and as a professor of biology and biomedical sciences there. Under his leadership, the campus formed an innovative strategic plan, UCR 2020, and the campus also grew to more than 21,000 students for the first time in its history. White also implemented the foundation of a UCR School of Medicine by hiring the school's first dean and obtaining start-up resources.
Honda is in its 30th year of partnership with the CWSA since commencing its sponsorship in 1986 and has provided more than $3.0 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.