Dr. Wm. Biddington Named to CAATE Board

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Dr. Wm. Biddington Named to CAATE Board

CALIFORNIA, PA (July 10, 2008)

Photo of a male professor sitting at his deskDr. William Biddington, chairperson and professor of California University of Pennsylvania's Department of Health Science and Sport Studies, was recently elected to be a Commissioner on the Board of Directors of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)

This commission is the final authority on athletic training education and determines which programs receive accreditation. There are only eight commissioners for the entire United States and Biddington was elected by a vote of the program directors of the 356 athletic training programs nationwide.

He was elected to a three-year term along with Dr. Micki Cuppett of the University of South Florida. Their terms will begin during the new business section of the August 7 CAATE meeting in Austin, Texas. At this time both Biddington and Cuppett will vacate their positions on the CAATE Review Committee and Annual Report Committee respectively to assume their new roles as Commissioners.

The mission of CAATE is to provide comprehensive accreditation services to institutions that offer athletic training degree programs and verify that all CAATE-accredited programs meet the acceptable educational standards for professional (entry-level) athletic training education.

Biddington also is the past Program Director for Cal U's National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) accredited Graduate Athletic Training Education Program. 

 He has been employed at California University since 1976 and was responsible for developing the undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program in 1982.

In June 2007, he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society (PATS) Hall of Fame. PATS is a progressive organization of health care professionals who work under the direction of a licensed physician. Certified Athletic Trainers working in the Commonwealth protect and enhance the health and welfare of their clients through prevention, recognition, management, and rehabilitation of injuries.