USC Athletics | May 26, 2022
HOUSTON, TEXAS – USC Athletic Director Mike Bohn was named Male Athletic Director of the Year by the Black Student-Athlete Summit during an inaugural awards celebration at the event, held this week in Houston, Texas. A recognition of Bohn’s commitment to improving the experiences of black student-athletes at USC, the award was accepted on Bohn’s behalf by Joyce Bell Limbrick, senior associate athletic director for USC/SWA. Vanderbilt’s Candice Storey Lee received the top award for Female Athletic Director of the Year.
“Over the past two years, consistent with our guiding principles, we have been committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive athletics program representative of our student-athlete body,” Bohn said. “This award is a reflection of the leadership of Dr Julie Rousseau (Associate Director of Athletics for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) as well as the ongoing efforts of our entire department. Through DEI programming, all-staff training sessions, and interactive vignettes, we had meaningful dialogues and grew together as a department as we faced critical issues in our society. I am honored to receive this inaugural award, and am immensely proud of our entire athletics program, and in particular the United Black Student-Athlete Association, for their diligent efforts to enhance the athletic and academic experience not only from our black students. athletes, but all of our student-athletes from minority backgrounds. The work is not done and we remain committed to creating a safe and supportive environment for our student-athletes, coaches and staff. »
For the second straight year, USC had the largest contingent of any other institution at the Black Student-Athlete Summit, with 26 Trojans in attendance. With over 700 attendees, the Summit is a dynamic three-day event that brings together student-athletes, administrators, coaches, graduate students and faculty. Its inaugural awards were created to recognize students, professionals, administrators and institutions who do the best work to put into practice the main mission of the Summit.
“Mike is the real deal. He understands the issues and is a forward-thinking leader who is proactive in ensuring USC’s black athletes have a world-class experience,” said Dr. Leonard Moore, founder and executive director of the Summit, says de Bohn. “I can’t think of anyone better for this price.”
In the summer of 2020, Bohn responded to recommendations from USC’s United Black Student-Athlete Association (UBSAA) by creating the USC Athletics Black Lives Matter Action Team. Since then, Bohn has delivered on her commitment to improving the experiences of black student-athletes at USC.
“I am honoured, blessed and grateful to have the opportunity to work alongside our Sporting Director, Mike Bohn“, said Dr. Rousseau. “His leadership has enabled our eight affinity groups representing the rich diversity of USC to work towards a culture of belonging, inclusive of every student-athlete and all staff at Trojan Athletics Department. Obtaining this prize testifies to Mike Bohn and the team of people who help make our athletic department a place where our students are seen as more than athletes. Their intention is for USC to be a place where diversity is respected and celebrated.
“While much work remains to be done, I am proud to work at an institution that intentionally aligns its efforts to make USC a place where diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the forefront. This award encourages us to continue to educate ourselves on the barriers to equality that remain deeply entrenched. Mike Bohn for the recognition he has received on behalf of all who are resolute in their pursuit of justice for all.”