May 21, 2015
The National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC) has named Chris Rogers, University of South Carolina Associate Athletics Director for Compliance Services, as the 2015 winner of the Frank Kara Leadership Award.
The Frank Kara Leadership Award is NAAC’s premier award, and the highest honor that may be bestowed upon compliance professionals. This award is named in honor of former University of Minnesota Director of Compliance, Frank Kara, who was a leader in the compliance field and best known for hosting the inaugural NAAC Convention in 2006. Sadly, Frank lost his battle with cancer at the age of 40. Recipients display exceptional leadership and unique vision for compliance initiatives, as well as demonstrating a commitment to furthering the compliance profession through being instrumental in the revitalization of NAAC.
Rogers was named associate athletics director for Compliance Services at the University of South Carolina in February 2012. His primary responsibilities include serving as a member of the athletics department’s senior management team, overseeing the institution’s athletics compliance program, as well as serving as the sport administrator for women’s cross-country and men’s and women’s track & field programs.
Rogers is also involved with several on-campus committees and special projects including the President’s Athletic Community Advisory Committee and University Athletics Advisory Council.
Prior to South Carolina, Rogers was the assistant athletics director for compliance at Ohio State University beginning in 2007. Rogers has also worked in the compliance offices at the University of Utah and at the University of Minnesota. Rogers serves on the NAAC Strategic Initiatives Committee after previously serving on the NAAC Education Committee.
Rogers will be honored Monday, June 15 during the NAAC Convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida.