Northern Illinois University Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier received the Distinguished Service Award from the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) earlier this month at the 2014 MOAA Symposium, which was held in concert with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention in Orlando, Fla.
The MOAA Distinguished Service Award is presented to an individual who has exhibited leadership and dedication to minority advancement in athletics. Frazier is a founding member of MOAA, which works to advance career opportunities for minorities and women in intercollegiate athletics, and is a past president of the organization. He has been integrally involved in initiating several programs supporting the organization’s mission, including the Learfield Sports Minority Academy, which was held for the first time this past May.
“I was very honored and humbled to receive the Distinguished Service Award from MOAA,” Frazier said. “As a founding member, I am very passionate about the organization and the work it does on behalf of minorities and women. It is gratifying to be here at NIU, where President Baker and members of his senior leadership team share that same commitment to diversity and advancement.”
According to MOAA, the Distinguished Service Award is presented to an individual who has gone above and beyond to create a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment and culture of acceptance and caring, who has demonstrated outstanding effort or commitment to the recruitment, hiring and retention of a high-quality, diversified staff throughout their department and who has taken specific identifiable measures to engage the entire campus in understanding issues and perspectives associated with diversity.
Frazier is nearing the first anniversary of his hiring at NIU as he was named to his post with the Huskies on July 16, 2013. The former University of Alabama football player is a veteran athletics administrator who has spent the past 23 years in leadership roles at institutions across the country. The MOAA Distinguished Service Award adds to his legacy as a national leader in the area of diversity and creating opportunities for minorities and women in intercollegiate athletics.