WICHITA — Ottawa University’s Arabie Conner has been selected as the KCAC’s Athletic Director of the Year for 2015-16.
Conner, who was the women’s basketball coach at OU before transitioning into administration, will be formally recognized at the upcoming KCAC Sport Management Conference held at the University of Saint Mary of Leavenworth on Aug. 2.
"The transformational efforts under Arabie's leadership in athletics have benefited us in major ways," OU President Kevin Eichner said. "She has contributed to our most successful capital campaign in our history and to the excellent enrollment results. The institution's financial picture and reputation have been greatly enhanced, and most importantly, our student-athlete personal satisfaction and success rates as demonstrated in retention and graduation have been significantly improved."
Academics have been a high priority at OU. From 2007-2016, 77 teams were named NAIA Scholar Teams. The OU Athletic Department has been named a Five Star Champions of Character Institution nine times.
"Arabie is very deserving of this award," KCAC Commissioner Dr. Scott Crawford said. "We all are so appreciative of her many contributions to the conference and her selfless service in leading the athletics department at Ottawa University."
Conner earned a master's degree in sports administration and sport psychology from the University of Kansas. She has been an associate professor in the OU Physical Education department, taught in the Liberal Arts Studies Program and is the first female athletic director in school history.
Conner resides in Shawnee with her husband, Tim, and their children Cole (15), Kylie (13), Zoey (11) and Brodie (10).