The BOC is pleased to announce two incoming members of the Board of Directors. Patrick J. Sexton, EdD, ATC, will serve as an Athletic Trainer Director, and Douglas B. Gregory, M.D., will serve as Physician Director. The two new board members will begin their terms January 1, 2016, and will begin attending meetings in February of next year.
Dr. Sexton served as Head Athletic Trainer on his arrival in 1993 and now currently serves as a Professor and Director of Athletic Training at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Prior to this position, he worked as Head Athletic Trainer, curriculum director and instructor at University of Wisconsin La Crosse and as an Athletic Trainer at University of Wyoming, Laramie, and at Pima Community College, Tucson.
Dr. Sexton has been active with professional associations at the state, district and national levels. He has served on the Joint Review Committee on Athletic Training Education Programs (JRC-AT), as vice-chair on Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) committees, the NATA Professional Education Committee and others. As a volunteer for the BOC, he has served as an exam model and examiner.
“I have been so involved in the profession for two simple reasons,” Dr. Sexton said in his personal statement. “First because all of my mentors were very active in the profession so I learned the importance of being involved, and second because I believe that if you disagree with how something is being done or if you think there is a better way to do something, it is much better to put your efforts into working toward changing things than it is to sit back and just talk about how things should be.”
Dr. Gregory specializes in general pediatrics and primary care sports medicine at Lakeview Medical Center, in Suffolk, Virginia, where he serves as Medical Director for Quality. He has been the team physician for a local high school for 30 years. In 2010, he was awarded by the Academy of Pediatrics for his long-term dedication to the development of primary care sports medicine.
As an advocate and supporter of athletic training, Dr. Gregory has mentored numerous Athletic Trainers and has been actively involved with athletic training education and certification. He served as the American Academy of Pediatrics representative for JRC-AT and then CAATE. In addition, he has served on several NATA committees and task forces.
After learning of his appointment to the BOC Board of Directors, Dr. Gregory said he sees this role as a part of his long-term commitment to athletic training, which began in 1993.
“This position is a continuation of my involvement with athletic training education as a preceptor for young Athletic Trainers, site visitor for CAATE and a CAATE commissioner,” Dr. Gregory said.
The BOC looks forward to working with Dr. Sexton and Dr. Gregory. Both men will serve three-year terms, with the possibility of appointment for a second consecutive term.