EASTON, Pa. – David Stifel, Professor in Economics, has been appointed by President Alison Byerly as the new NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), Lafayette Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon announced on Friday afternoon. Stifel replaces Susan Averett, the Charles L. Dana Professor of Economics, who is stepping down from the role to focus on serving as a mentor for new faculty in her department.
“I am honored to be appointed as the department’s new Faculty Athletics Representative,” Stifel said. “I look forward to working further with Bruce McCutcheon, Kaity McKittrick, the coaches and other staff in furthering our shared goal of providing an effective learning experience for our student-athletes. I would also like to thank Susan Averett for her 11 years of excellent service in this position. I hope to live up to the expectations that she has set.”
Stifel is currently in his fifth year as the Faculty Mentor for Lafayette’s women’s soccer and will continue Averett’s work as FAR. Stifel’s academic areas of specialization include development economics and applied microeconometrics, poverty measurement, rural infrastructure & markets and agriculture & rural livelihoods.
“David was recruited by Susan some years ago to be a faculty mentor for our department and he has served with distinction in that role for both our softball and women’s soccer teams,” McCutcheon added. “He has a passion for excellence and believes in the fundamental premise that academic excellence and athletic achievement are wholly consistent and complementary goals. I look forward to working with David as we provide outstanding educational opportunities for our student-athletes through Division I athletics.”
Averett has served with distinction in the FAR role since her appointment in 2005 by President Arthur Rothkopf. She worked to ensure that each of Lafayette’s varsity teams had a Faculty Mentor, a position in which she served for football and softball. Averett was an advocate for student-athletes, ensuring that academic achievement as well as athletic success was at the center of their experience. As FAR, Averett also served as Lafayette’s representative on the Patriot League Policy Committee.
“Susan was a stalwart advocate for student-athletes and has served as a tremendous advocate on campus, not only for our student-athletes, but for the work of our department (coaches in particular) and how that work contributes to our overall educations mission of the College,” McCutcheon said. “She will be greatly missed in the FAR role, but we are fortunate she will remain as a football faculty mentor and strong support of Lafayette’s athletics programs.”
Since 1991, Averett has taught courses in health economics, microeconomic theory, women and the economy and econometrics. She will continue in her role as a Faculty Mentor for the football program.