Dr. David Bow, who has served at Tusculum for 45 years, earns prestigious awards from statewide organization

GREENEVILLE – Dr. David Bow, a professor of sport science who has served Tusculum University with distinction for 45 years, has been recognized by a statewide organization he has served faithfully for most of his career.

Dr. David Bow poses with the Honor Award.

The Tennessee Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance recently selected Dr. Bow for the prestigious Honor Award, which is considered the highest the organization presents. This is not an annual award and was last presented in 2017. He was also named TAHPERD Teacher of the Year.

Dr. Bow has been a member of TAHPERD for more than 40 years and has served on the Executive Board of TAHPERD for 36 years. He served as president in 1996-97, a division vice president for two terms and aquatics section chair for three terms as well as filled in as research section chair. He has served as the chairman of the TAHPERD Constitution Committee since 2003. He has led numerous revisions of the TAHPERD constitution, bylaws and operating codes.

“These awards are a great honor,” Dr. Bow said. “This organization provides a terrific opportunity to interact with people from other universities, hear presentations and keep abreast with what is going on in the discipline. It’s very valuable to be part of the organization, so for them to honor me this way is just great.”

Dr. Bow has taught at the university throughout his 45 years and has served the university in numerous other capacities. Academically, Dr. Bow served as coordinator of the physical education program from 1977-2002, chair of the Physical Education Department from 2002-2003, director of the School of Education from 2003-2006 and chair of the Physical Education Department from 2006-2017. He has coordinated the sport science program since 2018.

He has served on multiple committees and has been chair of the Enrollment and Services Committee, the Faculty Affairs Committee and the Working Group on Commons Integration. He has also served six terms as faculty moderator. He is now a member of the General Education Committee.

Dr. David Bow, left, receives the Honor Award from Dr. Robert Binge, chair of the TAHPERD Awards Committee.

Dr. Bow is well known for his service as athletic director from 1977-1991. At various times during those 14 years, he was also the head coach of the men’s basketball team, the men’s soccer team, the men’s golf team, the men’s and women’s cross country teams and the baseball team. He also served as interim coach of the softball team and as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team.

In addition to this newest recognition from TAHPERD, Dr. Bow has earned the National Living Faculty Award from the Tusculum Alumni Association in 2011, and he was inducted into the Tusculum Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.

“Dr. Bow has dedicated his career to serving Tusculum in meaningful and abundant ways and is an integral member of the university family,” said Dr. Suzanne Byrd, chair of the Sport Science Department. “Our students, our university and TAHPERD have benefited considerably from his dedication and commitment. Dr. Bow is a blessing to Tusculum, and we are grateful he has chosen to spend his career with us.”

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