SUNY Delhi Athletic Director Bob Backus has been named 2012-13 Athletic Director of the Year by the National Junior College Athletic Association for Region III.

Backus was selected by a committee of his Region III athletic director peers. Region III is comprised of 26 colleges and divided into the Mid-State Athletic Conference, the Western Athletic Conference and the Mountain Valley Conference, in which Delhi competes.

Backus was picked by his peers for his commitment and dedication to his institution and the region. He is acknowledged for hosting numerous regional and national championship events in a first class manner.

Region III also cited Backus for administering SUNY Delhi's athletic program with the highest level of integrity. Backus recently completed his fifth year as Director of Athletics with a total of 20 years serving SUNY Delhi. He serves on Region III's Standards and Ethics Committee and is chair of Championship Events, Cross Country and Track & Field Committees.