Terry Nerbonne earns Pete Peterson Pride Award


By Ferris State Athletics

BIG RAPIDS — Longtime Ferris State University Athletics friend and former Bulldog Faculty Athletics Representative Terry Nerbonne has been honored as the 2016-17 recipient of the “Pete Peterson Bulldog Pride Award” for his invaluable contributions to FSU Athletics.

Nerbonne, who served as the Bulldogs’ Faculty representative from 2002 to 2014, played an important part in the success of the department throughout his tenure, serving thousands of student-athletes, coaches and staff over his many years of service. He retired from a full-time faculty teaching load at the end of the 2014 fall semester, but served the university as a criminal justice professor for more than 40 years.

He becomes the 29th recipient of the Pete Peterson Bulldog Pride Award, which is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated loyalty and unselfish support of Bulldog Athletics.

“Terry Nerbonne has been an extremely important friend and supporter of the Bulldogs in addition to a valuable member of our staff during his tenure as our Faculty Athletics Representative,” said FSU Athletics Director Perk Weisenburger. “There have been some outstanding individuals who have received the Pete Peterson Bulldog Pride Award in the past and it’s a pleasure to add his name to this list. He’s very deserving of receiving this recognition for his efforts over many years.”

In the Faculty Athletics Representative role, Nerbonne helped promote academic integrity while also promoting institutional control of intercollegiate athletics. FSU’s FAR also helps facilitate the integration of the athletics and academic components of the collegiate community while enhancing the student-athlete experience.

One of the original founding faculty members of Ferris State’s highly-successful Criminal Justice program, Nerbonne provided thousands of hours of training to future officers as well as supervisors and top managers of law enforcement and correctional agencies. He also served as a consultant to various law enforcement units along with corporate clients during his career.

The Lansing native, who has served as the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards coordinator, is a tried-and-true Bulldog and was honored by his peers as the Distinguished Teacher of the Year in 1993. He and his wife Andrea, who formerly served as the director of the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety, were honored as Ferris State’s Homecoming Grand Marshals for their service to the university and community in 2012.

The Pete Peterson Bulldog Pride Award is named in honor of former Ferris State Athletics Director and Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Commissioner Pete Peterson (1964-79).

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