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Former SEC official named AD at Georgetown College
Tuesday, Sep 5, 2000
By Staff    

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (BP)--Ben Oldham, dean of Georgetown College's Dept. of Education and one of Kentucky's most revered educators, has been named the school's athletic.

"Ben Oldham epitomizes integrity, character, wisdom and excellence," said Judy Rogers, director of Georgetown's athletic department. "To find a person with his athletic leadership credentials, coupled with his unquestioned effectiveness as an educator, is a seemingly impossible task. At Georgetown College, we have found a unique and perfect blend of a leader for our athletic department."

During his tenure as dean of the education department, Oldham developed a strong relationship with the athletic community that resulted in higher grade point averages for student-athletes and a higher graduation rate.

"I am committed to the concept of the true student-athlete," he added. "At Georgetown College, we will set an example for other as to how athletic and academic excellence can coexist."

Oldham, a 1965 Georgetown alumnus, has a storied history in athletics, as well as education. He was athletic director at Tates Creek High School in Lexington, Ky., from 1969-73. His 1973 Tates Creek track team won the Kentucky High School State Championship, his cross-country teams were never beaten in dual or triangular meets and his weightlifting squads captured seven different state titles.

In January, Oldham ended a 28-year career as a college football referee by officiating the 2000 Nokia Sugar Bowl National Championship game between Florida State and Virginia Tech.

He served as a Southeastern Conference official for 24 years.

Oldham's officiating career, which included three seasons as the SEC's chief side judge and two years as chair of the SEC Executive Committee, was highlighted when he was presented the Ed Dudley Spirit Award, given annually to the SEC football official who most exemplifies the qualities of integrity, wisdom, insight, humility, judgment, great attitude, service to God, his family, his community and his fellow officials.

A three-year letter winner in track at Georgetown as a student, Oldham received his bachelor's degree in physics from the College in 1965. He earned a master's degree from Georgetown in 1968 and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Kentucky in 1982.

Oldham will assume his new responsibilities on Sept. 11.

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