Dr. John Zody, professor of health and human performance at Fort Hays State University, was presented with the Honor Award at the recent convention of the Kansas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
"The Honor Award is KAHPERD's most prestigious award and is annually given to an individual who has gone well beyond the call of duty to serve the profession," said Dr. Glen McNeil, interim chair of the Department of Health and Human Performance at FHSU.
"Dr. John Zody certainly is this individual," he said. "He has served in almost every capacity of the KAHPERD Council and has the distinction of being the only person to serve for two consecutive years as the KAHPERD president."
Criteria for the Honor Award are membership in the organization for at least 10 years, demonstrated leadership in the profession, significant contribution to the profession and recommendation by peers or students.
Zody joined the FHSU faculty in 1987. He earned a bachelor of science and a master of science in health, physical education and recreation from FHSU, in 1981 and 1983 respectively. His Ed. D. in HPER was earned from the University of Arkansas in 1987.
Asked about what gives him the greatest professional satisfaction, Zody answered, "working with our students. All our majors here are pretty darn good," he said.