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New BOC Board Members Named for Upcoming Term

The BOC is pleased to announce the election of 2 new Athletic Trainer Directors to the Board of Directors.

Michael Carroll, MEd, LAT, ATC, and Neil Curtis, EdD, LAT, ATC, will take office in January 2018, following a year of mentorship and learning as AT Directors-elect.

"The BOC is excited for Mike and Neil to join the Board. I know they will not be shy in sharing their perspectives on the many issues facing the BOC," said BOC Executive Director Denise Fandel.

Both men said they were honored to be elected to the Board. Each AT Director-elect looks forward to bringing his experience in the athletic training profession to the BOC. For Curtis, that experience includes 30 years working as a clinician and as an educator – a combination that lends him a unique perspective and desire to deepen his involvement with the BOC.

“I thought that this was a good way for me to give back to the profession,” Curtis said.

Carroll, too, looks forward to bringing his experience in athletic training to the Board. As a longtime credential holder who has looked to the BOC for information and future direction, Carroll considers himself blessed to be able to contribute to the Board.

“Being a longtime secondary school Athletic Trainer, I think that our setting needs representation on the Board, and I feel like I’m uniquely positioned to do that with my leadership at the district and national level,” Carroll said.

Carroll is Head Athletic Trainer/Assistant Athletic Director at Stephenville ISD in Stephenville, Texas. He received his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and his master’s from University of Virginia. From 1993-2007, he served as a BOC examiner and model. Carroll has also held leadership and membership roles with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association, Texas State Athletic Trainers’ Association, Greater Houston Athletic Trainers’ Society and Korey Stringer Institute.

Curtis is Faculty/Athletic Trainer/Program Director at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor’s from Boston University, his master’s from University of Arizona and his doctorate in education from Columbia University Teachers College. He has volunteered for the BOC as a test site examiner and as a member of the Continuing Education Task Force. Additionally, Curtis has served on committees of the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society, Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association, NATA, West Chester University and on the editorial board of the International Journal of Athletic Therapy & Training.

Carroll and Curtis received the most votes from ATs who participated in an online election. The election ran from September to October, after 5 candidates were selected by the BOC Nominating Committee. Board terms are 3 years, with the possibility of reappointment for 1 term.