William Jessup’s Smith honored by NAIA
ROCKLIN – The National Association of Interscholastic Athletics has awarded William Jessup University’s Farnum Smith 2018 Administrator of the Year.
A near 30-year veteran of Warriors’ athletics, Smith was the university’s senior associate athletic director serving under athletic director Lance Von Vogt.
"Farnum Smith is undoubtedly one of the most loyal and enthusiastic athletic administrators that I've had the pleasure of calling my colleague," said Von Vogt “Farnum is the definition of a servant-leader and we couldn't be more fortunate than to know that he brings this energy and high moral fabric to our athletics community every single day."
As the Charles Morris award winner, he is honored for traits like those of the late Charles Morris, who exemplified loyalty and enthusiasm as an engaged administrator in all NAIA programs.
In 2004, Smith led the transition to the NAIA and the California Pacific Conference. By 2012, he had developed 12 athletics teams and in 2014-15 moved Jessup into the Golden State Athletic Conference.
"Farnum oversaw the application and transition into the NAIA approximately 13 years ago,” said Von Vogt. “During that transition, and every day since then, he has met every challenge with character, integrity and enthusiasm."
Smith’s duties include facilities, eligibility, game management, sports administrator, Title IX coordinator, fundraising, outreach and much more.
GSAC Commissioner Mike Daniels expressed his delight over Smith’s selection, describing him as an exceptional person always willing to do more than was asked of him.
Exceptional beyond athletics, Smith and his wife have led William Jessup students on a two-week mission to Russia the past two summers. Smith exemplifies the heart of a Warrior with his servant leadership, giving spirit and selfless approach to collegiate athletics.
"I join with the entire university community in celebrating this award given to Farnum,” said WJU President Dr. John Jackson. “We celebrate Farnum's legacy of faithfulness to Jessup, and to all of our student-athletes."