For the first time in nearly 40 years, Wichita State University has a new faculty representative for athletics.
Julie Scherz, associate professor in communication disorders and sciences, has assumed the role handled the past 38 years by Marty Perline, who has stepped down.
However, Perline will continue as an economics professor in the Barton School of Business.
Scherz was recommended to President John Bardo by Athletic Director Eric Sexton. She assumed her additional responsibilities on June 1. The appointment is made annually, although Scherz has made a three-year commitment to the position.
"On behalf of the thousands of student-athletes, coaches, administrators, staff and fans that make up the Shocker Nation, I would like to thank Marty for his service to Wichita State Athletics as the faculty representative," said Sexton. "Wichita State is better because of his dedication to the position. He, and his wife, Donna, have also been a fixture at athletic events, and we look forward to continue to see them cheering on the Shockers."
Scherz is currently a member of the InterCollegiate Athletic Association Board at Wichita State, and is no stranger to WSU athletics.
"I am extremely pleased with the appointment of Julie Scherz to the faculty rep post," said Sexton. "She has been a member of the InterCollegiate Athletic Association since 2010, and has great input. Our student-athletes, coaches and staff will find her an asset and a great communicator. We all look forward to working more closely with her in this capacity."
Liasison between academics, athletics
The primary focus of the position is to serve as the liaison between academics and athletics.
"I see my primary responsibility as assuring a positive overall experience for WSU's student-athletes," said Scherz. "I am eager to begin working with the terrific staff in the athletic department who oversee the real work in this endeavor."
Scherz enjoys following Shocker athletics. However, Scherz claims she isn't receiving this appointment for her athleticism, jokingly describing herself as a klutz.
Each semester the faculty athletic representative certifies eligibility for all athletes and all teams. The representative also meets with all new athletes at their orientation meeting.
In addition, Scherz will attend various Missouri Valley Conference meetings and meet with the athletic director, staff and coaches as needed.