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Professor Patrick Sexton to Receive Distinguished Educator Award

Award to be presented June 25 at National Athletic Trainers' Association's 66th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 6-19-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato faculty member Patrick Sexton (pictured) has been selected to receive the 2015 Sayers “Bud” Miller Distinguished Educator Award, awarded by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Executive Committee for Education.

The Sayers “Bud” Miller Distinguished Educator Award is given to educators who exemplify excellence in the field of athletic training education through professional service, instructional effectiveness, scholarship, and overall impact on education in athletic training.

Sexton will formally receive the award on Thursday, June 25, in St. Louis during the Executive Committee for Education session at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s 66th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo.

“Over the years, Pat has taught every course within the athletic training program,” said Kristine Retherford, dean of Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Allied Health & Nursing. “He has been active on the state, district, and national level, and has served as a member of the Joint Review Committee on Athletic Training Education and as the vice-chair of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. He has been published extensively and received a number of state, regional and national awards.”

In 2010, Sexton was honored with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award. In 2014, he was inducted into the Minnesota Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame, and he also received Minnesota State Mankato’s Harold J. Fitterer Service Award in recognition of his service to the University and community.

Sexton said he was honored to be receiving the 2015 Sayers “Bud” Miller Distinguished Educator Award.

“Receiving this award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association is a huge honor and very humbling,” said Sexton. “When I was an undergraduate at Minnesota State Mankato, I learned a lot from mentors like Gordon Graham and Kent Kalm in terms of being involved in the profession and being involved in the educational process of the profession. It is what they instilled in me, and how they helped me get involved, that has led to this award.”

Sexton is a professor and the director of Athletic Training Education at Minnesota State Mankato. After earning a bachelor’s degree in physical education/athletic training from Minnesota State Mankato, Sexton received a master’s degree in athletics training and exercise science from the University of Arizona. He worked at the University of Wyoming as an athletic trainer and University of Wisconsin-La Crosse as a program director before accepting a position in the Minnesota State Mankato athletic training program in 1993.

The Athletic Training Education Program at Minnesota State Mankato provides dedicated, effective undergraduate teaching, scholarship, and service to students and to the athletic and physically active populations of the university, the community, the state, the region, and the global community.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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