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    June 22, 2006
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Law Professor Eleanor Myers Named Faculty Athletics Representative

Beasley School of Law Associate Professor Eleanor W. Myers will become Temple University's faculty athletics representative beginning July 1, incoming President Ann Weaver Hart announced.   Myers will succeed Law School Associate Dean and Professor JoAnne Epps, who is retiring as athletics representative after serving 12 years in that role.   The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) requires each member institution to appoint a faculty athletics representative to represent the institution and its faculty in its relationships with the NCAA and its athletic conferences.     

"Intercollegiate athletics provides a valuable learning experience for student-athletes and contributes to a sense of community on campus," Hart said.   "Professor Myers is an outstanding teacher, scholar and legal practitioner.   Her talents and experiences will help ensure that the University continues to follow all NCAA regulations in our athletics program."

Hart thanked Epps for "the energy, enthusiasm and professionalism that she brought to this task over the past dozen years.   JoAnne's commitment to Temple is legendary," Hart said.   In March, Epps received the F. Eugene Dixon Jr. Inspiration Award for her contributions to Temple athletics.

Myers, a specialist in legal ethics and professional responsibility, said: "It is an honor to follow JoAnne Epps and I am excited about taking on the responsibility of representing Temple and its faculty to the NCAA.   I share Temple's commitment to providing strong academic support for student-athletes.   Temple athletics was my children's first window into college life.   They sat in the student section at men's basketball games, where they were warmly welcomed. For them, as for score of other teens and preteens, it is vital that our athletic program exemplify the highest standards."

Myers served as Temple's associate university counsel from 1983 to 1989 with responsibility for technology transfer, business negotiations and health care issues.   She joined the full-time Temple Law faculty in 1993.   She won the University's Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2001.

Prior to joining Temple's faculty, Myers held teaching posts at the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University and handled securities and antitrust class action litigation for a Philadelphia law firm.

Myers holds bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.