|Title:||Faculty Athletics Representative|
Jeff Byrd has been the St. Mary's Faculty Athletics Representative since 2003.
In his capacity as the FAR, Byrd represented the Capital Athletic Conference at the NCAA Division III FAR Institute pilot program in Indianapolis in October 2010. Division III conducted its first Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) Fellows Institute on October 1-3 in Indianapolis. 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. 2010 marked the first year of a two-year pilot and this program is designed to enhance the level of engagement of FARs in Division III.
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 former chair of the biology department at St. Mary's, his scientific field is microbiology (mainly bacteriology). Byrd teaches Genetics, Microbiology, Virology and Contemporary Bioscience (Biology of Infectious Diseases) and also serves as a research mentor for the 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.