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Alfred University’s Darwyn Cook named Empire 8 FAR chairman

ALFRED, NY — Darwyn Cook, associate professor of mathematics at Alfred University, has been named faculty athletic representative (FAR) chairman to the Empire 8 Athletic Conference.


Empire 8 Conference Commissioner Chuck Mitrano announced Wednesday that Cook is succeeding Wenmouth Williams of Ithaca College as the conference’s FAR chair. Cook has been faculty athletic representative at Alfred University, serving as a faculty liaison to the athletics department, since the fall of 2010.


In his new role with the Empire 8, he will work closely with top university administrators to support an environment where academics remain a central focus in college sports. Cook will work with the FARs from the eight other conference schools to make recommendations regarding the role of faculty in athletic department policy-making; athletic seasons and scheduling and their impact on academics and student welfare; and standards that will promote academic success of student-athletes.


“We have been fortunate to have Dr. Williams help guide the educational mission for our conference, and we are grateful for his dedicated service to our student-athletes,” said Commissioner Chuck Mitrano. “We look forward to the expertise and guidance that Darwyn will provide the conference in the coming years.”


Cook has been an associate professor of mathematics at Alfred University since the fall of 2000. He holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in mathematics and computer science from SUNY Potsdam (1990) and also earned a master’s degree in mathematics from SUNY Potsdam, also in 1990. He earned his PhD in mathematics from Louisiana State University in 1996.


After graduating from LSU, Cook taught mathematics for four years at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, NH, before taking his current position at Alfred University. His current research interests involve the application of technology to the teaching of mathematics. As faculty athletics representative at AU, he is working on implementing a new reporting system aimed at improving retention rates among student-athletes.