BOC Congratulates Fandel, CEO, on Retirement

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We’d like to thank Denise Fandel—our chief executive officer (CEO)—for her service and congratulate her on her retirement from our organization this spring! Fandel joined the BOC as CEO in 1997 after spending 6 years on the BOC Board of Directors. Her 27-year contribution to the BOC is a shining example of leadership and dedication to the athletic training industry.

“There’s never a perfect time to make a transition like this, but I believe now is the right time," Fandel said. “The BOC is acknowledged as a dependable and accomplished partner, both in the United States and within the global athletic training community. Our Board and staff teams are strong. Our capabilities and programs are well-positioned for future challenges and opportunities.”

Fandel first came to the BOC in 1997 as the first full-time staff member. During her tenure as CEO, the BOC has grown to 19 employees serving more than 53,000 BOC Certified Athletic Trainers (ATs) worldwide. The BOC is also part of a tripartite mutual recognition agreement with Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland and the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association.

Check out the video slideshow below to look back at Denise Fandel’s impressive career

Fandel studied at St. Cloud (Minn.) State University as an undergraduate before completing her graduate studies at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO), earning her master’s in physical education with an emphasis in exercise science. While at UNO, she rose from a graduate assistant to assistant Athletic Trainer 1982–85 and enjoyed a 12-year run as the head Athletic Trainer of Maverick Athletics. In 1997, she left UNO to become the BOC’s CEO.

“Her vision and leadership have helped to guide not only the BOC but also the profession through times of challenge and growth,” said BOC President Rusty McKune, ATC. “While she will be missed, the foundation upon which the BOC stands, which she has helped to establish, prepares us to move forward with unwavering consistency and commitment to the vision of the BOC, and to our partners and stakeholders around the globe.”

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