Dr. Jeffrey Byrd has been the faculty athletics representative (FAR) for St. Mary's since 2003.
In his capacity as the FAR, Byrd represented the Capital Athletic Conference at the first-ever NCAA Division III FAR Institute pilot program in Indianapolis on October 1-3, 2010. Thirty FARs gathered to work on their own leadership and communication skills within the context of being an effective FAR at the campus, conference and national levels. Participants also took part in a Division III identity workshop and received updates on significant NCAA and divisional issues. It was the first year of a two-year pilot program designed to enhance the level of engagement of Division III FARs.
An avid sports fan, Byrd is a professor of biology and has been at the College since 1990. He received his B.S. from Cook College at Rutgers University in 1983, his M.S. from The Pennsylvania State University in 1985, and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1991.
The current Chair of the Biology Department, his areas of expertise include Microbial Ecology, Microbiology (mainly Bacteriology), and Virology. Byrd most recently taught Microbiology, Virology, and Microbial Adventure of Poo and also serves as a research mentor for St. Mary's Projects.
The Willingboro, N.J. native is the former editor-in-chief for the American Society for Microbiology's Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education and the former commissioner for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.