2021 Legacy Award
Formally known as the Outstanding Alumni award.
Daniel F. Mahony has served as a professor of sport management and the president of the Southern Illinois University System since March 2020. He has had several positions in his career including a staff accountant for KMPG, assistant ticket manager at the University of Cincinnati, program director, department chair, associate dean, and associate provost at the University of Louisville, dean at Kent State University and president at Winthrop University. He has a BS in accounting from Virginia Tech, an MS in sport management from WVU and a PhD in sport management from Ohio State University. Mahony has published more than 60 refereed journal articles, several book chapters and was a coauthor of Economics of Sport. He has won several awards including the Earle F. Zeigler Award from the North American Society for Sport Management for career achievements in research (2007), the McInness/Ryan Award for Mid-Career Higher Education Leadership from the American Association of University Administrators (2015), the Academic Achievement in Sport and Entertainment Award from Sport, Entertainment, and Venues Tomorrow (2018) and the Charles Whitcomb Service Award from the Minority Opportunities Athletics Association for fostering diversity and inclusion within the intercollegiate athletics community (2020). He received the Daniel Mahony Award for Social Responsibility from the Kent State University College of Education, Health and Human Services in 2015 (was the first recipient of the award and it was named for him). He was inducted into the WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences Hall of Fame (2017) and the Pi Kappa Alpha Order of West Range (2018). He has been married to his wife Laura for 27 years and they have two children, Gavin and Elena.