UCA dean receives award

by Mya Hyman

Dr. Jimmy Ishee, dean of the University of Central Arkansas College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, was selected as the 2017 Distinguished Administrator of the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education (NAKHE).

Ishee’s award ceremony will take place Saturday, Jan. 7, in Orlando during the 2017 NAKHE Conference.

“Being presented the 2017 Distinguished Administrator Award by the National Association of Kinesiology in Higher Education is most rewarding. It is always an honor to receive recognition from your peers,” Ishee said. “I have always found being a member of NAKHE a fulfilling experience because it consists of so many academic administrators from around the country who are leading kinesiology-related programs.  Their collective wisdom has been most valuable in my career.”

The Distinguished Administrator award is given each year at the NAKHE annual conference to a contributing member who applied administrative/managerial skills to make significant contributions to the profession or related fields within and beyond higher education.

As the oldest academic society in kinesiology, NAKHE focuses on higher education and professional development issues. NAKHE’s mission is to foster leadership in kinesiology administration and policy as it relates to teaching, scholarship and service in higher education.  

Ishee was previously inducted as the 15th Fellow during the 2016 NAKHE Conference in San Diego. The purpose of the Fellow designation is to acknowledge kinesiology leaders who have made significant contributions to both NAKHE and the field of kinesiology.

Ishee became dean of the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences in July 2014. The college encompasses the School of Nursing and departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Family and Consumer Sciences; Health Sciences; Exercise and Sport Science; Military Science and Leadership; Occupational Therapy; Physical Therapy; and Psychology and Counseling.

Prior to coming to UCA, Ishee served as dean of the College of Health Sciences at Texas Woman’s University (TWU) in Denton. Prior to TWU, Ishee served as dean of the School of Health Science at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, Ga. He earned his doctorate from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla., and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in health, physical education and recreation from Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss.