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Springfield native James Michael Goatley, Jr., Ph.D., Virginia Tech University Associate Professor of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences and Extension Turfgrass Specialist, took office as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) on Jan. 14. He was officially elected during the association’s annual meeting at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and Convention Center in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., held during the STMA 21st Annual Conference and Exhibition, Jan. 12-16.
Goatley was previously the board member elected to represent the academic membership segment, and has served on the STMA board of directors since 2008. As the academic board member, he led the development of the educational program for two annual conferences in his role as conference education chair. He also previously served on STMA’s certification committee.
The association combined the secretary and treasurer’s position beginning with the 2009 elections to formalize the ascension process to the presidency. As secretary/treasurer, Goatley chairs the STMA Finance and Audit Committee. He will automatically ascend to the office of president-elect in 2011, and then to president in 2012. The office of president has been held by an academic one other time in STMA’s history from 1992-1993 by Gil Landry, Ph.D.
Goatley joined Virginia Tech University in 2004, and prior to that he was a professor in the department of Plant and Soil Sciences (Golf and Sports Turf Management curriculum) at Mississippi State University for 16 years. He received the MSU College of Agricultural and Life Sciences “Excellence in Teaching Award” in 2002, the MSU Undergraduate Advising Award in 2001, and the National Academic Advising Association Advising Award in 2002. He received STMA’s Dr. William H. Daniel Founders Award in 2008. Goatley is a technical advisor to the Virginia STMA chapter, and he is a presenter at its annual field days. He also organizes and leads the sports turf educational sessions at the Virginia Turfgrass Conference.
STMA is the not-for-profit, professional association for the men and women who manage sports fields. Since 1981, the association and its dozens of local chapters have been providing education, information and sharing practical knowledge in the art and science of sports field management. Its more than 2,500 members oversee sports fields and facilities at schools, colleges and universities, parks and recreational facilities, and professional sports stadiums.